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South Australian Schools Percussion Ensemble

The South Australian Schools Percussion Ensemble (SASPE) consists of 6 to 8 players. It offers performance access to a comprehensive range of percussion instruments not available in most schools.

This ensemble enables students to undertake Ensemble Performance as a year 12 (SACE Stage 2) subject.

Placement within the ensemble will be prioritised to students enrolled in a secondary classroom music subject in 2018 and/or participating in school ensembles as required by the school.

Placement of students not meeting 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 6 to 12 in 2018 are eligible to apply.

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

Similar ensembles

Students auditioning for this ensemble may also consider auditioning on the same instrument (in the one audition), for the:


The audition should take approximately 7 to 10 minutes. Drum kit is not appropriate if this a SASPE only audition.

Applicants should prepare to present either A or B, as well as 2 prepared pieces that contrast in style (C).

A: un-tuned percussion

Ability to play basic rudiments including: the flam, paradiddle, double and single stroke rolls.


B: tuned percussion

Scales in 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.


Auditions will be held from 4pm to 6pm on Friday 8 December 2017, at the Klemzig Instrumental Music Office, 28 Hay Street Klemzig.

Audition bookings are now available online.

Audition form

All applicants must print and complete the audition form (Word 105KB) 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 at school
  • cover the costs of membership, including providing suitable clothing.

Attending rehearsals

Rehearsals will commence in week 2 of term 1 2018. Rehearsals will occur every Friday, 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 can’t 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 provided for performances.

Membership fee

The membership fee is $55 per year. 

Instrumental Music Leader, Learning Pathways

Phone: 0458 185 152
EmailEducation.Ensembles16 [at] schools.sa.edu.au