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A Test Guide for the Modern Percussionist
Level: Easy to Advanced
Personnel: Solo (snare)
State Lists: Texas | Missouri | Indiana | Ohio | Florida | Wisconsin
Pages: 92
Release Date: 2011
Product ID : TSPB-20
Price: $25.00
Item #: TSPB-20

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Description

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)  |  Texas (grade 3)
The Parliamentarian | Gary Rudolph | (easy, 1:05)  |  Florida (grade 3), Texas (grade 3)
Midnight Barking (Snare Version) | Andy Salmon | (med-easy, 1:00)
Flampickin'  |  Ralph Hicks |  (med-easy, 1:35)  |  Missouri (class B), Ohio (class C), Texas (grade 2)
Diddle Dimensions  |  James Campbell  |  (med-easy, 0:50)  |  Texas (grade 3)
Blue Blood  |  Ian Murphy  |  (medium, 1:00)  |  Texas (grade 2)
'Sget some Scoops  |  Rob Parks  |  (medium, 2:12)  |  Texas (grade 2)
Boogie Down  |  James Campbell  |  (medium, 1:30)  |  Florida (grade 4), Missouri (class B), Ohio (class B), Texas (grade 2)
Fear  |  David Ratliff  |  (advanced, 2:35)  |  Florida (grade 6), Indiana (groupd 1)
Wizard Sticks  |  Jon McMahan  |  (med-advanced, 1:40)  |  Florida (grade 5), Ohio (class A), Texas (grade 1)
Aylesford Tonight!  |  Ellis Hampton  |  (advanced, 2:15)  |  Florida (grade 6), Indiana (group 1), Ohio (class A), Texas (grade 1)
Sound Off  |  Eric Willie  (med-easy, 0:55)  |  Florida (grade 4), Texas (grade 3)
Funkhouser  |  Joshua D. Smith  |  (med-advanced, 1:45)  |  Florida (grade 5), Texas (grade 1)
Engine  |  Mark Hunter  |  (advanced, 1:30)  |  Flordia (grade 6)
Penmoken  |  Brian S. Mason  |  (med-advanced, 2:55)  |  Florida (grade 5), Indiana (group 1), Texas (grade 1)
7 Days & 7 Nights  |  James R. Corcoran Jr.  |  (advanced, 3:05)  |  Indiana (group 1)
Flamenco Dances  |  Glenn Kotche  |  (advanced, 3:00)  |  Texas (grade 1)
Guido's Birthday  |  Scott McCoy  |  (advanced, 2:30)  |  Indiana (group 1)
Snare con Queso  |  John Willmarth  |  (advanced, 2:50)  |  Indiana (group 1)
Shockwave  |  Scott Kretzer  |  (advanced, 3:00)  |  
Casey Claw  |  Mark Casey  |  (advanced, 2:50)  |  Indiana (group 1)

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)  | Texas (grade 2)
Check Your Sticks  |  Eric Willie  |  (medium, 0:30)  |  Texas (grade 3)
Midnight Barking (Tenor Version)  |  Andy Salmon  |  (med-easy, 1:00)  |  Texas (grade 3)
Sca-Fa  |  Ian Murphy  |  (med-advanced, 1:20)  |  Indiana (group 1)
Moose Tash  |  John Willmarth  |  (medium, 1:10)  |  Texas (grade 2)
Slug Guts  |  Joshua Dekaney  |  (med-advanced, 2:00)  |  Indiana (group 1), Texas (grade 1)
Gadd's Groove  |  Andy Salmon  |  (advanced, 1:40)  |  Texas (grade 1)
Bus Bowl  |  Brian Flack  |  (advanced, 1:20)  |  Indiana (group 1), Texas (grade 1)
Floatmeal  |  Mark Hunter  |  (advanced, 2:00)  |  Indiana (group 1)

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)


   


The Blue Book is succeeded by an even larger collection of solos from the University of Kentucky Percussion Alumni, The Blue Book - Volume 2. This collection of 56 solos features pieces for drumset, multipercussion, snare drum, and marching tenors!

Shared Recordings

Reviews

Would you like to see and play the music for the 1990 DCI first-place individual snare solo? What about the first-place 2008 DCA individual snare solo? Look no further because these and many other solos have been published in this collection of over 40 rudimental solos for snare, tenor, and bass line. The 24 composers contributing to this com- pilation are all alumni of the percussion studies program at the University of Kentucky, with proceeds from the sales going towards the support of percussion scholarships at the university.

The solos include a wide variety of difficulty levels from beginning to ex- tremely advanced for each instrument. Most of the music is appropriate for contest, audition, or recital, with some solos for snare and tenors composed to be performed as a duet if desired. The rudimental vocabulary utilized in many of the pieces is as challenging as it gets, but there is still solid compositional structure, and the pieces are well crafted and fun to play.

If you are familiar with the high quality of rudimental music that is available from Tapspace, then this collection is no surprise as it is excellent writing by some of the finest players and teachers. I congratulate Jim Campbell for his fine work as editor and as the teacher of these contributors. This book is a testament to the continued excellence of the University of Kentucky program and a tribute to its fine Professor of Percussion.

—Jeff Moore
Percussive Notes
Vol. 50, No. 1, January 2012

Description

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)  |  Texas (grade 3)
The Parliamentarian | Gary Rudolph | (easy, 1:05)  |  Florida (grade 3), Texas (grade 3)
Midnight Barking (Snare Version) | Andy Salmon | (med-easy, 1:00)
Flampickin'  |  Ralph Hicks |  (med-easy, 1:35)  |  Missouri (class B), Ohio (class C), Texas (grade 2)
Diddle Dimensions  |  James Campbell  |  (med-easy, 0:50)  |  Texas (grade 3)
Blue Blood  |  Ian Murphy  |  (medium, 1:00)  |  Texas (grade 2)
'Sget some Scoops  |  Rob Parks  |  (medium, 2:12)  |  Texas (grade 2)
Boogie Down  |  James Campbell  |  (medium, 1:30)  |  Florida (grade 4), Missouri (class B), Ohio (class B), Texas (grade 2)
Fear  |  David Ratliff  |  (advanced, 2:35)  |  Florida (grade 6), Indiana (groupd 1)
Wizard Sticks  |  Jon McMahan  |  (med-advanced, 1:40)  |  Florida (grade 5), Ohio (class A), Texas (grade 1)
Aylesford Tonight!  |  Ellis Hampton  |  (advanced, 2:15)  |  Florida (grade 6), Indiana (group 1), Ohio (class A), Texas (grade 1)
Sound Off  |  Eric Willie  (med-easy, 0:55)  |  Florida (grade 4), Texas (grade 3)
Funkhouser  |  Joshua D. Smith  |  (med-advanced, 1:45)  |  Florida (grade 5), Texas (grade 1)
Engine  |  Mark Hunter  |  (advanced, 1:30)  |  Flordia (grade 6)
Penmoken  |  Brian S. Mason  |  (med-advanced, 2:55)  |  Florida (grade 5), Indiana (group 1), Texas (grade 1)
7 Days & 7 Nights  |  James R. Corcoran Jr.  |  (advanced, 3:05)  |  Indiana (group 1)
Flamenco Dances  |  Glenn Kotche  |  (advanced, 3:00)  |  Texas (grade 1)
Guido's Birthday  |  Scott McCoy  |  (advanced, 2:30)  |  Indiana (group 1)
Snare con Queso  |  John Willmarth  |  (advanced, 2:50)  |  Indiana (group 1)
Shockwave  |  Scott Kretzer  |  (advanced, 3:00)  |  
Casey Claw  |  Mark Casey  |  (advanced, 2:50)  |  Indiana (group 1)

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)  | Texas (grade 2)
Check Your Sticks  |  Eric Willie  |  (medium, 0:30)  |  Texas (grade 3)
Midnight Barking (Tenor Version)  |  Andy Salmon  |  (med-easy, 1:00)  |  Texas (grade 3)
Sca-Fa  |  Ian Murphy  |  (med-advanced, 1:20)  |  Indiana (group 1)
Moose Tash  |  John Willmarth  |  (medium, 1:10)  |  Texas (grade 2)
Slug Guts  |  Joshua Dekaney  |  (med-advanced, 2:00)  |  Indiana (group 1), Texas (grade 1)
Gadd's Groove  |  Andy Salmon  |  (advanced, 1:40)  |  Texas (grade 1)
Bus Bowl  |  Brian Flack  |  (advanced, 1:20)  |  Indiana (group 1), Texas (grade 1)
Floatmeal  |  Mark Hunter  |  (advanced, 2:00)  |  Indiana (group 1)

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)


   


The Blue Book is succeeded by an even larger collection of solos from the University of Kentucky Percussion Alumni, The Blue Book - Volume 2. This collection of 56 solos features pieces for drumset, multipercussion, snare drum, and marching tenors!

Shared Recordings

Reviews

Would you like to see and play the music for the 1990 DCI first-place individual snare solo? What about the first-place 2008 DCA individual snare solo? Look no further because these and many other solos have been published in this collection of over 40 rudimental solos for snare, tenor, and bass line. The 24 composers contributing to this com- pilation are all alumni of the percussion studies program at the University of Kentucky, with proceeds from the sales going towards the support of percussion scholarships at the university.

The solos include a wide variety of difficulty levels from beginning to ex- tremely advanced for each instrument. Most of the music is appropriate for contest, audition, or recital, with some solos for snare and tenors composed to be performed as a duet if desired. The rudimental vocabulary utilized in many of the pieces is as challenging as it gets, but there is still solid compositional structure, and the pieces are well crafted and fun to play.

If you are familiar with the high quality of rudimental music that is available from Tapspace, then this collection is no surprise as it is excellent writing by some of the finest players and teachers. I congratulate Jim Campbell for his fine work as editor and as the teacher of these contributors. This book is a testament to the continued excellence of the University of Kentucky program and a tribute to its fine Professor of Percussion.

—Jeff Moore
Percussive Notes
Vol. 50, No. 1, January 2012



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