Strum, Strike and Blow features over 1200 students playing marimbas, ukuleles and recorders. The Festival is run by Music Education Canterbury and Christchurch Civic Music Council and is in its 11th (and 10th Festival) year and is held in Christchurch Arena.
Once schools have registered they are given access to the music which will generally involve 4-5 individual pieces for ukuleles, recorders and marimba and a couple of massed items for all three groups of instruments.
The music caters for all levels of experience and when performed live at the festival event, is backed by a professional band.
Three workshops are provided for teachers (usually one each term).
A full rehearsal happens on the day between 9:30am-2pm at the arena for all participating schools with the accompanying band.
Schools perform together in a 75 minute family-friendly concert from 7pm-8:15pm.