(The Symphony of) Blasé (Percussion Ensemble Arrangement)
Dare You To Move (Percussion Ensemble Arrangement)
John F. Kennedy High School
2019 John F. Kennedy High School Auditions
Full Percussion Ensemble - Click to download the sheet music and audio!
Battery (Drumline) - Click to download the sheet music and audio!
Pluto’s Morning Stretches (On Field Warm-Up)
These warm-ups have been created to properly stretch the muscles that are used in playing battery percussion instruments. If practiced regularly, these exercises will strengthen various muscle groups of the body, as well as gaining consistency of sound in rhythmic accuracy. Playing along with a metronome is a must, but playing within a drum line teaches how to listen to each other, along with adhering to the metronome. These exercises cover:
Rhythms, including, but not limited to: quarter notes, eighth notes, sixteenth notes, quarter note triplets, eighth note triplets, sixteenth note triplets, and their respective rests
Time Signatures, including, but not limited to: 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 6/8, and 12/8
Rudiments, including, but not limited to: Rolls (single stroke, double stroke, triple stroke) Legato Strokes, Paradiddles (paradiddle-diddles), Two Height Control (accents/taps), Flams (flam accents, flam taps, inverted flams)
Front Ensemble (Pit) - Click to download the sheet music and audio!
These warm-ups have been created to properly stretch the muscles that are used in playing keyboard instruments, timpani, and the drum set. Setting a drum set groove behind each of these etudes gives tempo, style, and consistency of rhythm, however, playing along with a metronome is extremely important. These exercises cover:
Music Theory, including, but not limited to: major scales, major arpeggios, various chords, minor dissonance, and simple harmony
Technique, including, but not limited to: legato strokes, double vertical strokes, lateral strokes/rotation, paradiddles, and rolls
Lugubrious Legatos (Front Ensemble)
Lugubrious Legatos was written by accident while practicing the piano. It is a mallet keyboard exercise that utilizes legato strokes. Legato strokes use an up and down motion, relying on the rebound of the mallet off the keyboard bar. This short exercise is very catchy and is delightful to practice! You may download this composition for free by clicking on the blue title above to the left.