PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

Ensemble Builders for Percussion

2021, Flexible Instrumentation

Ensemble Builders for Percussion offers directors an innovative, efficient, and educationally solid method for creating percussion ensembles that work perfectly with their instrumentation needs. Constructed in a flex format, each ensemble work can be played with a minimum of four musicians all the way up to a full ensemble of 12 or more players. This value-packed collection offers six different ensemble works, accessible to your students right from the start, and is perfect for concert or festival performance. 

Ensemble Builders for Percussion is published by Excelcia Music Publishing.

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Flash Mob

2021, Quartet for Marimba, Vibraphone, Cymbals, and Kick Drum

Flash Mob is an intermediate quartet for marimba, vibraphone, cymbals, and kick drum. It is high energy, groovy, and fun to play!

Growing Levels of Aggression

2020, Trio for Seven Pitched Drums

Clocking in at just under three minutes, Growing Levels of Aggression is a great way for intermediate to advanced performers to open a concert.

Into the Fray

2021, Flexible Instrumentation

Into the Fray is an easy to intermediate piece for percussion ensemble with flexible instrumentation. The piece will work for almost any size ensemble, including a duet. The only required instrumentation for the piece is a glockenspiel and a snare drum; the rest is up to you and your ensemble. This flexible instrumentation makes Into the Fray a perfect choice for beginning percussion ensembles of all sizes, whether performing at a concert or an ensemble festival.

Island Breeze

2021, Flexible Instrumentation

Island Breeze is an easy to intermediate piece for percussion ensemble with flexible instrumentation. The piece will work for almost any size ensemble, including a duet. The only required instrumentation for the piece is a glockenspiel and a snare drum; the rest is up to you and your ensemble. This flexible instrumentation makes Island Breeze a perfect choice for beginning percussion ensembles of all sizes, whether performing at a concert or an ensemble festival.

Ode to Springtime

2019, Duet for Marimba and Vibraphone

Written during what I hope to be Southern Alabama’s last cold snap of the year, Ode to Springtime is my portrayal of the desire for the weather to become warm again. 

 

This piece is in two separate movements: Winter’s Depth and Spring’s Dance. Winter’s Depth is slow and full of opportunities for lyrical expressiveness, while Spring’s Dance is a lively 6/8 dance that gives each performer a chance to solo over the other performer. The two movements may be played as stand-alone pieces or together.

Ode to Springtime is published by Tapspace Publications.

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Party at the Old Clock Tower

2021, Large Percussion Ensemble

Party at the Old Clock Tower is an easy piece for beginning percussion ensembles. The piece depicts the mysterious goings-on around an old, abandoned clock tower. Its haunting melody is underpinned by an appropriately clockwork rhythm that will challenge beginning ensembles without overwhelming them. The required instrumentation for Party at the Old Clock Tower includes two timpani, glockenspiel, xylophone, vibraphone, two marimbas (or one shared between two performers), snare drum, bass drum, suspended cymbal, tambourine, two woodblocks, and two concert toms.

Party at the Old Clock Tower is published by Rowloff Productions.

Pitter PADder

2019, Ensemble for Practice Pads

Pitter PADder was commissioned by Adam Blackstock and the Troy University Percussion Ensemble for their performance at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in November of 2019. I was asked to write a piece that was accessible to even the smallest of programs, and I eventually remembered the one thing that nearly all percussionists have when they start out: PRACTICE PADS!

 

Pitter PADder is published by Row-Loff Productions.​

Storm Surge

2021, Large Percussion Ensemble

Storm Surge is an intermediate percussion ensemble piece intended for middle school to beginning level high school percussionists. Programmatically, it is about a town on the coastline being swept by an unusually fierce storm.

Storm Surge is published by C-Alan Publications.

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You've Got the Snare Part!

2019, Quartet for Snare Drums

You've Got the Snare Part! is an easy to intermediate snare drum quartet that offers a playful take on middle school percussionists' desire to only play the snare drum in concert band. While intended for concert snare drums, this piece can be played on a number of different surfaces from practice pads to wooden planks. The performers can also mix and match instruments to create different effects (such as snare drum with toms, etc.)

 

You've Got the Snare Part! is set to be published by Excelcia Music Publishing.