Jim Casella

Jim Casella is a composer and music publisher. He is best known for the music he‰'s created for percussion ensembles and the world-class drum corps Vanguard (Santa Clara, CA) and Cavaliers (Rosemont, IL). The company he co-founded, Tapspace, is one of the leading publishers of percussion music in the world. You might also be familiar with the software sample library he created called Virtual Drumline.

Jim‰'s signature series of drumsticks and keyboard mallets are manufactured by Innovative Percussion and are popular worldwide. He serves on the board of advisors for the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), the world‰'s largest percussion organization.

In addition to his work in the percussion industry, Jim composes music for film and commercials. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Visit Jim Casella's official website at www.jimcasella.com.
Odd meter, ostinato-driven work for larger ensemble (15-17 players) that explores mathematically overlapping patterns in 7/8 time. Requires groove, balance, and strong ensemble timing skills.
Duration: 5:50 | Level: Advanced
$50.00
An homage to the groovy, retro sounds of classic American TV cop shows such as "S.W.A.T," "The Mod Squad," and "The Streets of San Francisco." An enjoyable piece for medium to advanced percussion ensembles.
Duration: 6:00 | Level: Med-Advanced
$45.00
Inspired by accounts of an expedition to Mt. Everest, this aggressive composition depicts determination and danger. It features a quartet of marimba players backed by seven multipercussionists and piano.
Duration: 4:40 | Level: Advanced
$55.00
A piece designed to imitate a tense, action-packed, horror soundtrack. Using a fairly large instrumentation including piano, a variety of percussive effects are used to create an eerie, creepy atmosphere.
Duration: 4:00 | Level: Med-Advanced
$50.00
A groovy collection of 6 short cadences aimed at younger players (or those in a hurry!) - Volume 1.
Duration: 0:25-1:00 per loop | Level: Easy to Medium
$30.00
A groovy collection of 6 short cadences aimed at younger players (or those in a hurry!) - Volume 2.
Duration: 0:30-1:00 per loop | Level: Easy to Medium
$30.00
The 97-page book containing music of the Santa Clara Vanguard drumline in the late 90s.
Level: Medium to Advanced
$30.00
2008 Edition. Take an inside look at the Cavaliers percussion program with warmups, music, and technique guidelines. Includes some battery show excerpts from the 2007 show.
Level: Easy to Advanced
$15.00
2009 Edition. See what makes the gears turn for one of the world's top marching percussion programs, The Cavaliers. Written by members of the Cavaliers percussion staff, this collection contains battery excerpts from the 2008 show ("Samurai") as well as a full collection of warm-ups and technique guidelines for battery and pit.
Level: Easy to Advanced
$15.00
This arrangement adheres to the original, although the key has been changed to accommodate the range of a standard vibraphone. It requires precision to bring out the melody and coordination to handle the mallet dampening.
Duration: 3:30 | Level: Medium
$15.00
A creatively-titled piece for a large ensemble of 15-17 players that has a festive, soulful Afro-Cuban flavor and is thickly scored with a full complement of Latin rhythm section instruments.
Duration: 4:50 | Level: Advanced
$50.00
This piece uses a variety of textures, instruments, and techniques to create a driving and intense feel. With complex rhythms and an organic ostinato, this piece offers an intense and entertaining experience.
Duration: 5:00 | Level: Advanced
$48.00
An adventurous work for solo marimba and percussion ensemble.
Duration: 8:40 | Level: Advanced
$55.00
A short but challenging etude for marching battery in 23/16 time based loosely around the idea of a "rhythmic palindrome."
Duration: 1:10 | Level: Advanced
$18.99
This solo for djembe requires the drum to be amplified and effected with digital delay. It also calls for a prayer bowl and audio soundscape accompaniment.
Duration: 6:00 | Level: Med-Advanced
$30.00
Now available by popular demand, "Ramrod" offers a super-sized serving of rammage. Originally heard played by the Santa Clara Vanguard, this was a meaty interlude within their aggressive show in 2003.
Duration: 0:45 | Level: Advanced
$18.99
Jim Casella's third in a series of pieces for the developing percussion section is packed with catchy phrases you'll sing all the way home!
Duration: 4:30 | Level: Medium
$40.00
Available by popular request! Spice Mon is a cadence originally written for the 1993 SCV Cadets drumline, and used as a popular demo for the Virtual Drumline™ sample library.
Duration: 1:30 | Level: Med-Advanced
$18.99
This piece is designed for young/intermediate ensembles as a sort of sequel to "Technology." It can be performed by itself as an octet, or by a full wind ensemble.
Duration: 3:30 | Level: Med-Easy
$55.00
Written for eight percussionists of intermediate to beginning skill levels. This piece is sure to be a hit among high school percussion ensembles and audiences alike!
Duration: 4:00 | Level: Med-Easy
$40.00
For students, instructors, arrangers, and band directors, Jim Casella and Jim Ancona bring you this epic front ensemble resource guide.
Level: Easy to Advanced
$45.00
A downloadable, student-modeled version of the flagship book UP FRONT. Specifically tailored for individual players, this product contains most of the Technique and Exercises chapters from the original book at a fraction of the cost.
Level: Easy to Advanced
$12.99
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