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South Australian Schools Concert Band

The South Australian Schools Concert Band (SASCB) provides a tailored playing opportunity for players of concert band instruments in SA government schools.

The repertoire for the concert band includes exciting and challenging music representing a wide range of musical styles. Gaining confidence in performance is an essential part of musical learning.

The SASCB enables students to take Music Performance - Ensemble as a SACE Stage 2 subject.

Applicants should have been learning for more than 1 year.


All brass, woodwind, and rhythm section students in SA government schools in years 6 to 12 in 2020 are eligible to apply.

Entry for new members is by a performance placement assessment and application process.

Space is available for the following instrument players:

  • clarinet
  • flute
  • trombone
  • trumpet
  • euphonium
  • tuba
  • percussion.

Performance placement assessment requirements

The assessment takes approximately 10 minutes.

Applicants should prepare to present for assessment based on presentation of the following criteria:

  1. Three 1 octave scales:
    • including a chromatic scale

    • ideally, a variety of scales should be presented (eg major or minor, flat or sharp keys).

  2. One piece that demonstrates technical and musical ability at your current level.

  3. Sight reading, which will be provided at the assessment.

Assessments will be judged based on:

  • accuracy of intonation

  • strength of tone

  • level of reading skills

  • accuracy of rhythms

  • posture and hold of the instrument.

Booking a performance placement assessment

Use this online form to book an audition.

Performance placement assessments are on Thursday 28 November 2019, 4.00pm to 6.00pm at the Klemzig Instrumental Music Office, 28 Hay Street, Klemzig (subject to change).

Application form

All applicants must print and complete the student ensemble application form (PDF 136KB) and bring it to the assessment. You must complete all fields.

Want to be in more than one ensemble?

Opportunities to be part of Primary School Music Festival, Festival of Music Orchestras are available for 2020. 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

  • cover the costs of membership, including providing suitable clothing.

Attending rehearsals

Rehearsals start in week 3, term 1, 2020. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays, 4.30pm to 6.00pm, at the Mitcham City Band Room (Corner of Belair and Grange Road, Lower Mitcham - car park entrance on Grange Road).

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

If a member can’t attend a rehearsal, they should notify the conductor.

Rehearsal and performance uniforms

Members are expected to wear school uniform to rehearsals.

Members provide their own performance uniform:

  • quality, respectable black clothes suitable for public performances

  • black dress shoes

  • black socks.

Membership fees

The membership fee is $55 per year (pro-rata).

Instrumental Music Leader, Learning Pathways

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