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Blue Book, The

A Test Guide for the Modern Percussionist
by Compilation
Price: $25.00
Pages: 92
Level: Easy to Advanced
Personnel: Solo (snare)
State Lists: Texas, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio
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A “blue book” is a booklet used by college students to answer test questions or write essays. The Blue Book is designed to provide music suitable for contest, audition, technique development, and just plain drumming fun! In a sense, these solos may serve as a test of your rudimental drumming skills. The Blue Book includes over 40 solos in a wide variety of rudimental styles ranging from beginning to extremely advanced. This collection contains rudimental snare solos, tenor solos, and bass drum ensemble pieces that will provide musically enriching material while developing technical proficiency.

Two dozen of the nation’s finest performers, teachers, and music industry professionals have come together to create this compilation. Collectively, these guys have:

  • 78 years combined DCI performing experience
  • 94 years combined DCI teaching experience
  • 31 combined DCI High Percussion Awards
  • 26 combined DCI World Championships 

    The Blue Book contains the following titles:

    Snare Drum Solos 

      Hot Sticks Brad Meyer (easy, 0:45)
      The Parliamentarian Gary Rudolph (easy, 1:05)
      Midnight Barking (Snare Version) Andy Salmon (med-easy, 1:00)
      Flampickin' Ralph Hicks (med-easy, 1:35)
      Diddle Dimensions James Campbell (med-easy, 0:50)
      Blue Blood Ian Murphy (medium, 1:00)
      'Sget some Scoops Rob Parks (medium, 2:12)
      Boogie Down James Campbell (medium, 1:30)
      Fear David Ratliff (advanced, 2:35)
      Wizard Sticks Jon McMahan (med-advanced, 1:40)
      Aylesford Tonight! Ellis Hampton (advanced, 2:15)
      Sound Off Eric Willie (med-easy, 0:55)
      Funkhouser Joshua D. Smith (med-advanced, 1:45)
      Engine Mark Hunter (advanced, 1:30)
      Penmoken Brian S. Mason (med-advanced, 2:55)
      7 Days & 7 Nights James R. Corcoran Jr. (advanced, 3:05)
      Flamenco Dances Glenn Kotche (advanced, 3:00)
      Guido's Birthday Scott McCoy (advanced2:30)
      Snare con Queso John Willmarth (advanced, 2:50)
      Shockwave Scott Kretzer (advanced3:30)
      Casey Claw Mark Casey (advanced, 2:50)

     Tenor Drum Solos

      Boulden Brad Meyer (med-easy, 0:30)
      The Best in Your Price Range Rob Parks (medium, 0:50)
      The Tenor Wall Gary Rudolph (med-easy, 0:40)
      Check your Sticks Eric Willie (medium, 0:30)
      Midnight Barking (Tenor Version) Andy Salmon (med-easy, 1:00)
      Sca-Fa Ian Murphy (med-advanced, 1:20)
      Moose Tash John Willmarth (medium, 1:10)
      Slug Guts Joshua Dekaney (med-advanced, 2:00)
      Gadd's Groove Andy Salmon (advanced, 1:40)
      Bus Bowl Brian Flack (advanced, 1:20)
      Floatmeal Mark Hunter (advanced, 2:00)

     Bass Drum Ensembles

      Singletary Strut Rob Parks (med-easy, 1:25)
      The Inner Sanctum John Willmarth (medium, 1:05)
      That's One in a Row David Ratliff (medium, 0:55)
      Full Court Press Doug Steinmetz (med-advanced, 0:35)
      Holmes Slice Aaron Dale (med-advanced, 1:05)
      Enough About Me, Let's Talk More About Me Eric Willie (medium, 1:00)
      Common Wealth Doug Steinmetz (medium, 1:00)
      Tolly-Ho Aaron Dale (med-advanced, 0:50)
      Gunga La Gunga Rob Parks (med-advanced, 1:05)
      Metzo Matzo Mark Hunter (advanced, 1:00)


    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.


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