Band Slam

Annual Band Competition for Music Bus Rock Bands!

Band Slam

Band Slam is a national competition event for all talented Music Bus rock bands and soloists; each competing to be crowned the ultimate performer in a range of categories. Band Slam lets students have fun showing off their talents by performing in front of a real live audience; something each band has been excitedly preparing for each week in their Rock Band lesson.

Each band first competes in their local Band Slam heat, while soloists submit their own recording for judging. Winners from each heat or solo recording are chosen based on the best performance in their category; with those lucky students asked to perform at Band Slam Finals Camp! 


Heat Selection 

To find out which local heat your child's band will take part in for Band Slam 2018, simply use our Heat Info Search Tool: 

Heat Student Registration 

Formal student invites for online registrations have been sent to selected student's parents via email. If you haven't already done so, to register your performing child's attendance (either attending or not attending) simple fill in the following registration form:

Heat Information and Tickets

While entry is free for students who have been chosen to perform at Band Slam, tickets for family and friends need to be purchased separately. 

Sat 25/08 Heat 1 South East Queensland 3:00pm, Riverview State Primary School >Buy Tickets

Sat 01/09 Heat 2 Melbourne 12:30pm, Kindred Studios, Yarraville >Buy Tickets 

Sat 08/09 Heat 3 Sydney West 3:00pm, Quakers Hill East Primary School >Buy Tickets

Sun 09/09 Heat 4 Illawarra 3:00pm, Farmborough Road Public School >Buy Tickets

Sat 15/09 Heat 5 Sydney Metro 3:00pm, Paddington RSL >Buy Tickets

Sun 16/09 Heat 6 Newcastle 3:00pm, Central Charlestown Leagues Club >Buy Tickets

Sat 22/09 Heat 7 Canberra 3:00pm, St Thomas Aquinas Charnwood >Buy Tickets

On The Day


  1. Assisted Cover Band (Heats only, not eligible for finals) Cover song played with backing or teacher assistance.
  2. Open Cover Band Cover song without any backing or teacher assistance.
  3. Originals Band An original song 
  4. King of The Strings Guitar or Ukulele soloist 
  5. The Voice of the Bus Singing soloist
  6. Drum Warrior Drum soloist
  7. Clash of the Keys Keyboard soloist

Bands to perform a song of up to 2.5 minutes and soloists 60 seconds. Each student's Music Bus teacher will advise which category each student is entering and prepare them for their live performance. 

Instruments on the Day

It is preferred the children use Music Bus instruments provided on the day. However, if your child wishes to use their own instrument (besides drums) then by all means, bring it along but please let a staff member know when they arrive. 

Dress Like a Star and Fan Posters

Be sure to get your kids to dress like rock stars for the day. Don't be afraid to go over the top! Crazy hair, matching outfits, silly makeup etc. Fan posters in the audience are always great to see too. All of this really helps the performers come out of their shell and is great fun for everyone. Audience support posters are always great too see too. There will be prizes for the best dressed.

Finals Camp

All heat finalists will be invited to take part in a 2 day rock band camp and perform in the final extravaganza. With major recording prizes up for grabs and loads of activities and excitement, your child will be given the best of memories and experiences to last a lifetime. 

All finalists who make it to Band Slam Finals are in for the chance to be crowned the national winner of Band Slam 2018 and a day in the studio! A very exciting and prestigious title for any Music Bus student and musician. Each child's Music Bus teacher will advise which category they are entering and prepare them for their live performance.

More details on 2018 finals camp to come.

Major Prizes up for Grabs

An amazing prize for the overall winner of Band Slam includes a day in a professional recording studio to record their song. This is a wonderful and rare opportunity for students and shouldn't be missed! Be sure to register your child's attendance once registrations are open. Dates to be announced.