New Percussion Ensemble Warm-Up! “(The Symphony of) Blasé”

“(The Symphony of) Blasé” is a song written by Anberlin’s lead singer, Stephen Christian, and Anberlin’s lead guitarist, Joseph Milligan. Being released on Anberlin’s second album (“Never Take Friendship Personal”) on February 1st, 2005, this album was chosen as one of Amazon.com’s Top 100 Editor’s Picks of 2005.

Becoming one of my favorite alternative rock songs, I arranged this tune for percussion ensemble which includes the instrumentation of: Chimes, Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Marimba, Timpani, Synthesizer, Keys, Electric Bass, Drumset, Snareline, Tenorline, and Bassline. This arrangement includes: 2 & 4 mallet technique, lateral rotations, double vertical strokes, paradiddles, various types of rolls, 16th timing rhythms, various listening points, over-the-barline playing, etc.

Please try this warm-up, (The Symphony of) Blasé with your ensemble today!  I hope you enjoy!

New Marching Band Show about Noah’s Ark & the Great Flood!

Peter Connell and I composed and arranged this show for Sibley-Ocheyedan High School in Sibley, IA, using the selections from Harold Arnold’s Over the Rainbow and Paul Simon’s Bridge Over Troubled Waters. The show narrative is about “The Great Flood” and the “Noah’s Ark” story as told in the Bible. Epic rhythms and harmonic progressions make this show entertaining and memorable!

This show is called Flood.  Please click the link to listen!

Started an Indoor Percussion Program!

Happy New Year!  I would like to let you know that I have started a brand new indoor percussion program at John F. Kennedy High School.  JFK has had a strong concert and marching percussion ensemble during marching band season, but not a winter percussion program.  So, I composed a custom show for these awesome students.  I will post the final product soon.  Please come out to a show and support my amazing students!

New Marching Band Show!

Paul Rendon and I composed and arranged this show for John F. Kennedy High School in La Palma, CA, using the selections from the hymn, It Is Well, by Philip Bliss, Vesuvius by Frank Tichelli, and Falling Slowly by Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova.

This show pays homage to fire victims from the devastating California wildfires. It begins a beautiful day in sunny Cali, the fire starts, destruction everywhere, properties obliterated, and concludes with triumph as communities band together to rebuild their lives.

This show is called It Is Well.  Please click the link to listen!

New Music!

New music has been added to my website!  Please listen and check out my new music!

Marching Band Show

KarmeN:  This new marching band show, entitled KarmeN, included musical selections of Georges Bizet’s Carmen, Adele’s Million Years Ago, and Ernesto Lecuona’s Malaguena.

 

Indoor Percussion Show

Tinged With Nuance:  What began as an arrangement of one of my favorite rap/hip hop songs, resulted in an explosion of sounds, rhythms, key changes, grooves, and rudimental “licks,” being tossed around the ensemble.  You can hear the tonalities shift gradually and quickly at different times.  Lots of virtuosic mallet runs and drum solos are prevalent throughout.  This composition was written to be used in indoor percussion competition.  Tinged With Nuance was the 2018 indoor show for John F. Kennedy High School in La Palma, CA.

The 17 different percussion parts included are: Glockenspiel, Crotales, Chimes, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Marimba, Electric Piano, Synthesizer, Electric Bass, Timpani, Percussion/Accessories, Cymbals, Drumset, Snareline, Tenorline, Bassline, and Tom Line.  If you need anything adjusted/arranged to fit your exact ensemble, please let me know how I might accommodate.  Extra charges for this might apply.

 

Percussion Ensemble

Pursual For Asylum:  Pursual For Asylum is a 10 piece percussion ensemble composition that includes the instrumentation of: Glockenspiel, Chimes, Vibraphone (2), Marimba (2), Timpani, Snare Drum, Concert Bass Drum, and Percussion. The mood of this piece makes you wonder if and when you might find safety and solace, amidst a dark and dangerous night. Will you prevail and beat evil? This composition was written about the exploration of good and evil, to see who might win. Listen to find out!

 

Glockenspiel Solo

In The Twilight:  In The Twilight is a glockenspiel solo, utilizing two glockenspiels, where the right glock is placed in front of and to the right of the left glock.  This positioning makes it easier to play this piece with its dissonant harmonies, melodic juxtaposition, and muffling technique.  This solo is a great piece for a solo competition, will stand out from other compositions, and will be a fun challenge, both rhythmically and melodically.

 

Thank you for your interest and support!

-Tommy

New Addition to the Goddard Family!

I would like to welcome our little baby into the world!  Her name is Lyric Amerial Goddard.  We have enjoyed the last 9 months with her, watching her grow, seeing her fine motor skills develop, and observe her taking an interest in everything.  She loves playing on Daddy’s many instruments with the thunder drum being her favorite (she’s actually scared of it)!  I am so thankful that God blessed my wife and I with her little blessing.  Praise God!

 

2nd Part of Spring 2017

Happy Easter!  I trust you and your family are enjoying a wonderful Easter season!  There are two things coming up in my event calendar to check out:

JSerra Catholic High School’s production of

Beauty and the Beast

April 27-29, 2017 @ San Juan Hills High School

More information can be found by clicking the following link:

JSerra Theatre 2016-2017 Season

—AND—

Orange Coast College’s production of

Return to the Forbidden Planet

May 5-7 & 12-14, 2017 @ Orange Coast College

More information can be found by clicking the following link:

Orange Coast College Theatre 2016-2017 Season

1st Part of Spring 2017

Happy New Year!  I trust you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s celebrations this season!  There are two things (out of the ordinary) coming up in my event calendar to check out:

Whittier Christian High School’s production of

Thoroughly Modern Millie

February 23-25, 2017 @ Brea Curtis Theatre

More information can be found by clicking the following link:

WCHS Theatre 2016-2017 Season

—AND—

I am honored to be the Percussion Manager for the AUHSD District Honor Band this year!  I will be teaching, assisting, and working with the AUHSD Honor Band percussionists throughout all of their rehearsals in preparation for their concert.

Support the AUHSD District Honor Band in their concert:

Friday, February 10th, 2017 @ 7pm

John F. Kennedy High School in La Palma, CA

Enjoy your Spring!

-Tommy Goddard