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More than 400 Years 7 to 12 students participate in the instrumental and vocal music programs at Pimlico High School.

Students who have participated in Queensland State Schools Instrumental Music Program in primary school are eligible to continue in the equivalent program in secondary school, if they have their own instrument or an appropriate instrument is available for them.
As part of the Queensland State Schools Instrumental Music Program, tuition is offered in -
WOODWIND          BRASS          PERCUSSION          STRINGS
The school also offers tuition in guitar on a user pays basis and vocal tuition is incorporated within the choral program. Whilst benefitting from the scale and diversity of a larger school, our program fosters development of the individual in small ensembles as well as large ensembles.
Rehearsals for most ensembles take place in the Performing Arts Centre. Other tuition generally takes place in the purpose-built Music Block which has air-conditioned practice rooms and classrooms.
Pimlico has an active Music Support Group which assists the ongoing development of the music program at performances, for tours and raising funds.


All students who take Instrumental Music lessons are required to play in one of the school ensembles.

At Pimlico High we are proud to offer a wide variety of musical ensembles in which our students can participate:

  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Junior Symphony Orchestra
  • Orpheus and Pelorus Chamber Strings
  • String Orchestra I & II
  • Wind Symphony
  • Kingfisher Ensemble
  • Junior Concert Band
  • Blue Brass
  • Big Band
  • Junior Stage Band 
  • Pimlico Voices and Junior Choir (available to all students)
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • A variety of smaller Woodwind, String & Brass Ensembles
Students are allocated to ensembles by our experienced and dedicated team of Instrumental Music teachers on the basis of students' skill level. Entry into the Symphony Orchestra is by audition.
Rehearsals for ensembles are timetabled outside of the normal school time so that disruptions to the students' normal classes are kept to a minimum.

Tours and Play-outs

Pimlico offers a major tour for members of the senior instrumental program every two years to places such as Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Hobart and New Zealand. Music camps and workshops are held each year for the students.
Ensemble groups perform regularly at play-outs such as Pimlico Presents - our annual variety concert held at the Townsville Civic Theatre, Eisteddfods, Fanfare, Symphony Orchestra Annual Benefit Concert, Awards Night, concerts, aged care home concerts, chamber music festivals and other community events. Pimlico hosts school concerts each semester, giving all students the opportunity to perform works they have studied through the semester.
Pimlico High has always achieved outstanding success at the biennial Fanfare State Competition. In 2016, four of the five regional finalists were Pimlico ensembles. Orpheus Chamber Strings were selected as one of the five grand finalists to perform at the Fanfare Grand Final held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The Pimlico Vocal Program is also renowned across Townsville. Our vocal ensembles achieved outstanding success at the 2016 Townsville Eisteddfod, gaining numerous first places in various sections. The Senior Choir - Pimlico Voices - was awarded the trophy for Most Outstanding Vocal Item of the Eisteddfod.

Instrumental Music Fees


At Pimlico High School, all instrumental ensemble students are issued with a Music Folder after they have paid the $70 music levy (payable at the office). Members of the Symphony Orchestra will also be issued with a vest. This money goes towards purchasing of sheet music, instruments, and other costs involved with running the Instrumental Music Program, e.g.: photocopying, competition entry fees, truck/ bus hire for performances.

Vocal only students and Guitar only students: are required to pay a $30 music levy to help cover costs such as music purchase, photocopying, competition entry fees, truck/ bus hire for performances, and use of other equipment (These students do not need a music folder). 
Students who are in both instrumental and choir/ guitar ONLY pay the one fee of $70. 

 Instrumental hire is an extra $70 per year.