Five Minute Drill
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Five Minute Drill

Daily/FUN Classroom Routines for Percussion
by Ralph Hicks & Eric Rath
Price: $16.00
Pages: 48
Level: Easy
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Ever wonder what to do with the bored percussionists in your classroom while you're working fundamentals with the wind players? 


FIVE MINUTE DRILL is the answer to this dilemma! Written by band directors Ralph Hicks and Eric Rath, this unique book+CD play-along package is geared for band directors as well as students—both in AND out of the classroom. It's loaded with the essential percussion exercises young students need in order to build lasting foundations with their rudiments, stickings, dynamics, major scales, and chromatic scales. Shorter breakdown exercises build up to form full sequences that take about five minutes a day. While your wind players are working long tones and lip slurs at the beginning of class, your percussion students can set up their practice pads or keyboards, pick an exercise, hit play on an MP3 player, and away they go! They'll be readier than ever when it's time to get into the music. 


The accompanying CD-ROM contains nearly 100 entertaining audio tracks at a variety of tempos that will motivate students to listen and play along with as they practice at home or play in the classroom. The practice pad play-along tracks are custom-tailored to fit the technique being addressed, and the major scale keyboard tracks are presented in 3 fun, tempo-based styles—disco, samba, and DJ FMD! Also included on the CD are printable data tracking tools so teachers and students can track and follow their daily/weekly progress both in AND out of the classroom. 


FIVE MINUTE DRILL: A brand new way to bring young percussionists beyond the back of the room!


Also available: 5 and 10-pack student bundles! Gain extra value by purchasing a student bundle pack in order to be sure every student has his/her own legal copy. Simply select from one of the discounted options above.




Eric Rath and Ralph Hicks are both educators and deal with common issues band directors face with their percussion students every day. If you'd like to correspond with them to share ideas or ask questions, they've generously made themselves available via email. Click here to email them!


Need more? FIVE MINUTE DRILL makes a perfect companion to Rath/Hicks' popular collection BEYOND BASIC PERCUSSION - ten easy/med-easy percussion ensembles focusing on primary challenges of the beginning percussion section. Buy it together with FIVE MINUTE DRILL and save!

Let Them Drum! A portion of the proceeds from this title will go to Let Them Drum!—a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation providing recreational drum therapy treatments and performance opportunities for the special needs and assisted living communitites in The Woodlands, TX and surrounding areas.



System Requirements

System Requirements: CD-ROM requires a Mac or PC computer with a CD-Rom drive.
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"Here's an idea. Take one of the best drumlines on the planet and build a sample library around them. This package is the creation of Jim Casella, one of the most respected leaders in the drumline community, so you know that the product is going to be first-rate...This package is complete with all the bells and whistles that make the special sounds and playing techniques of the drumline such an exciting sonic exploration. Did they leave anything out? I don't think so...This is an outstanding tool for anyone who writes or arranges music for drumline at any level – high school, college, or championship competitions."