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South Australian Schools Percussion Ensemble

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 Ensemble Performance as a year 12 - SACE Stage 2 - subject.

Placement within the ensemble will be prioritised to students enrolled in a secondary school classroom music subject in 2019 and/or participating in school/ 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.


Entry is by audition.

Students learning a percussion instrument for more than 2 years in SA government schools, years 7 to 12 in 2019 are eligible to apply.

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


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

The audition takes approximately 10 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

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
  • be actively studying percussion as an instrument at school
  • cover the costs of membership, including providing suitable performance clothing.

Attending rehearsals

Rehearsals will occur every Friday of the school term from 4.30pm to 6.00pm at Instrumental Music Office, 28 Hay Street, Klemzig. Rehearsals will commence in week 2 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 cannot attend a rehearsal, they should notify the conductor via phone or email.

Rehearsal and performance uniforms

Members should 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 – to be ordered in 2019 – approx. $30.00.

Instrumental Music Leader, Learning Pathways

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