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South Australian Schools Percussion Ensemble eligibility, auditions and fees

The South Australian Schools Percussion Ensemble (SASPE) consists of up to 12 players. It offers performance access to a comprehensive range of percussion instruments not available in most schools.

This ensemble is suitable for students undertaking Music Performance – Ensemble as a SACE Stage 2 subject.

Placement within the ensemble will be prioritised to students enrolled in a secondary school classroom music subject and/or participating in school or extra-curricular ensembles as required by the school.

Placement of students that do not meet these criteria will be considered if positions maintaining balance within the SASPE are subsequently available.

Information evening

An information for prospective new students auditioning for this ensemble will be held at the Klemzig Instrumental Music office on Friday 22 October 2021. The meeting will commence at 5.30pm with a short performance by current SASPE members and conclude at 6.15pm. The address is 28 Hay Street, Klemzig.

A COVID QR code or site entry form must be completed on arrival. Hand sanitiser must be used and the current social distancing rules will apply.

Staff will be available to direct you to the meeting.


Entry is by audition.

Students learning a percussion instrument for more than 2 years in SA government schools, years 7 to 12 in 2022 are eligible to apply.

Students do not need to have skills on both tuned and un-tuned percussion to audition for this ensemble.


To book your audition, use our online booking form.

Auditions details are:

  • Date: Friday 12 November 2021 or Friday 19 November 2021
  • Time: 4.00pm to 6.00pm
  • Location: Klemzig Instrumental Music office, 28 Hay Street, Klemzig.

The audition takes approximately 15 minutes.

Applicants must prepare to present either section A or B, as well section C below.

A: un-tuned percussion

Basic rudiments including: flams, paradiddles, double and single stroke rolls.


B: tuned percussion

Two-octave scales (ascending and descending) in the key of C, F and G majors.


C: two tuned or un-tuned percussion pieces

Two tuned or un-tuned percussion pieces that contrast in style or instrumentation, and that demonstrate your current level of technical and musical ability. Only one drum kit piece may be performed. Applicants must bring sheet music for each piece being presented (this will be returned after the audition).

Audition form

Print the student ensemble application form (Word 174KB) and take to your audition.

Want to be in more than one ensemble?

Opportunities to be part of Primary School Music Festival, Festival of Music Orchestras are available for 2022. More information is on the Primary Schools Music Festival website.

To audition once for more than one ensemble:

Want to apply on more than one instrument?

You must book an audition for each instrument you want to apply for. 

Expectations of members

Members are expected to:

  • participate in all programmed performances and events
  • engage positively with the entire team
  • attend rehearsals and learn music for performances
  • be actively studying percussion as an instrument at school
  • cover the costs of membership, including providing suitable performance clothing.

Attending rehearsals

Rehearsals start in week 3, term 1 2022. Rehearsals will be every Friday of the school term from 4.30pm to 6.00pm at Instrumental Music Office, 28 Hay Street, Klemzig.

Members are expected to learn the music before rehearsals. If necessary, they should ask their instrumental music teacher for help.

If a member cannot attend a rehearsal, they should notify the conductor via phone or email.

Rehearsal and performance uniforms

Members must wear school uniform to rehearsals.

For performances, members must wear:

  • quality, respectful black clothes
  • black shoes
  • black socks
  • the SASPE top required for performances.

Membership fee

The membership fee is $55 per year.

Purchase of the required SASPE top is approximately $30. This will be ordered in 2022.

Instrumental Music Leader, Learning Pathways

Phone: 0458 185 152
EmailEducation.Ensembles669 [at] schools.sa.edu.au