Griffith East Public School's musicians have spent this year preparing to perform in Sydney.
The band was set to be part of the Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival for 2020.
Then COVID-19 got in the way.
The festival was re-organised with schools pre-recording their pieces to perform them for judging.
"It's a bit disappointing, but it's been a good motivator for students to have a goal to work towards," Griffith East Public School's musical director Rhys Thomas said.
"They need a chance to show off what they've learned and their new skills."
Recording at Griffith Regional Theatre meant for some students it was the first time they got to perform their instruments on the stage.
"There's a mixture of nerves and excitement," Mr Thomas said.
Mr Thomas said some of the students were dedicated to the study of their instruments, with some taking private lessons and others practising how to play them for a number of years.
Other students picked up an instrument for the first time this year.
The students have completed their training work and this year began studying far more complex musical pieces.
Mr Thomas said he tried to pick pieces that students would relate to, such as from popular movies as well more technically complex pieces.
"They've been asking to do something with Star Wars but that's something we might look at next year," he said.
The students will receive feedback on their performance which was recorded at the Griffith Regional Theatre in November.
The Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival attracts entries from around the nation, with Griffith East Public the only from Griffith to enter.
Mr Thomas said entering the band into the festival was a big logistical effort - whether it was heading to Sydney to perform or bringing the 47 students to perform at the theatre.
The adjudication of the performance was completed on December 4, with performances to be available for public viewing from December 11.