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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 Ensemble Performance as a SACE Stage 2 subject.


All brass, woodwind, and rhythm section students in SA government schools in years 6 to 12 in 2019 are eligible to apply.

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

Performance placement assessment requirements

The assessment takes approximately 10 minutes.

Applicants should have been learning for more than 1 year.

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

  1. Three, one 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 audition.

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 an audition

If you are interested in being a part of this ensemble, contact Sharon Burgess on 0458 185 152 to arrange an audition time.

Audition form

All applicants must print and complete the student ensemble application form 2019 (PDF 136KB) and bring it to the audition. All fields must be completed.

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 will take place on Wednesdays at the Mitcham City Band Room (Corner of Belair and Grange Road, Lower Mitcham - car park entrance on Grange Road) 4.30pm to 6.00pm.

Rehearsals commenced in week 3, term 1, 2019.

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

  • black dress shoes

  • black socks suitable for public performances.

Membership fees

The membership fee is $55 per year. 

Instrumental Music Leader, Learning Pathways

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