Management Team

The Australian School Orchestral Festival Pty Ltd was formed in 2013 with the following legal structure:

The Leadership Team


Patrick Devery (Festival Director and Company Director) has as strong background in education leadership. Patrick has been active in community music groups for over thirty years. He has been closely involved with the administration of the NSW School Band Festival since 1992 and is currently the SBF General Manager.


Nigel Price (Company Director) is a self employed businessman who has been actively involved in community music organisations in Sydney for over 20 years. Nigel recently retired from the University of Sydney, where he was CEO of the Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems.


Don Shearman (Company Director) is currently lecturing in mathematics and statistics for UWS. Don is also involved in research in education. Don has worked as a high school ensemble director and has been active in community music organisations for over 40 years. Many of Don’s ex-students are now working as professional musicians and teachers.