Murray Gusseck

Murray Gusseck is considered an innovator in the world of marching percussion. He started his drum corps career as a marching member of the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps in 1988 and later went on to instruct the group in a variety of capacities. In the 18 years he was a part of the SCV organization, he received many accolades as a player, teacher, and composer.

Gusseck attended San Jose State University, studying with Dan Sabanovich, Hafez Modirzadeh, Royal Hartigan, and C.K. Ladzekpo. In the drum corps realm, he was mentored by some of the greats: Ralph Hardimon, Glen Crosby, Scott Johnson, Curt Moore, and Robert Chavira. Gusseck also shared the field as a marching member with Jim Casella, Jeff Queen, Colin McNutt, Nick Angelis, and many other now household names.

Gusseck is known for a unique compositional style, a signature sound, and a propensity for achieving a smooth, drumset-oriented approach to the marching percussion genre. He also helped start a trend of drum line ‰"parking lot‰" shows by writing many challenging etudes for the battery ensemble to play during their pre-show warm-up routines. The music for these parking lot etudes became widely sought after and subsequently became part of the fuel for the next chapter in Gusseck‰'s career.

In 1998, together with friend and SCV-partner-in-crime Jim Casella, Gusseck co-founded Tapspace Publications, a percussion sheet music publisher. With humble beginnings, the company went from being a marching percussion side project based on the marching compositions of its two founders to a real force in the world of percussion music.

Gusseck is a signature artist for Vic Firth, the maker of his signature marching sticks (nicknamed ‰"M-Dawgs‰"). He also proudly endorses Remo drumheads and Brooks Drums. He has presented clinics across America as well as in Japan, Thailand, and Singapore. He currently lives in the Pacific Northwest where he manages Tapspace and drums locally in several different projects.
The infamous 1992 SCV tenor line carves out a spot in history with this priceless ensemble.
Duration: 3:50 | Level: Advanced
$9.99
Lasting nearly six minutes, this exercise played by SCV over many years focuses on 2 different stroke types while grooving hard.
Duration: 6:00 | Level: Advanced
$18.99
Doublebeat 2004, the pre-show piece played by the SCV drumline in 2004, is possibly the most popular drumline stand-alone piece of all time.
Duration: 2:05 | Level: Advanced
$18.99
From the mind of Murray comes another vehicle of danceable battery music for the drumline consumer—…BUCKLE UP FOR SAFETY!
Duration: 1:30 | Level: Advanced
$18.99
Originally written as a street cadence in 1990, it has become a trademark piece for the SCV battery and one of the most popular cadences of all time.
Duration: 1:30 | Level: Advanced
$18.99
Bug out to this energetic, sometimes chaotic 60-second extravaganza for drumline battery.
Duration: 0:54 | Level: Advanced
$18.99
This timing/independence exercise for advanced battery will test the mind and the ears, as well as make some folks just downright uncomfortable.
Duration: Approx. 3:00 | Level: Advanced
$18.99
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
Clocking in at nearly 16 minutes in length, this sequence represents a complete warm-up package for the battery ensemble.
Duration: 16:00 | Level: All Levels
$18.99
Clocking in at over two minutes, this is a monster cadence! And in case you were wondering, it's in 4/4 time.
Duration: 2:20 | Level: Advanced
$18.99
Inspired by 'Drum and Bass' style beats, this is a 60-second warmup style piece requiring chops, finesse, and a healthy dose of sack!
Duration: 0:50 | Level: Advanced
$18.99
An oldie but a goodie, this classic lot jam from 1990 by Murray Gusseck started a trend in full battery etudes. Get funky in 11/16!
Duration: 1:08 | Level: Advanced
$18.99
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
A collection of popular pieces by Murray Gusseck, this book contains some of the most unique drumline cadences and lot jams ever written.
Level: Advanced
$19.00
This exciting 60-second battery warmup was written for, and played by, the eminent 1992 SCV drumline.
Duration: 0:53 | Level: Advanced
$18.99
Four core exercises have been designed to work individually or as a sequence to unlock your potential.
Duration: 51 minutes | Level: All Levels
$18.99
Produced for the SCV 2009–10 auditions, this instructional DVD features Murray Gusseck & Leo Sanchez with nearly 3 hours of video lessons.
Level: All Levels
$24.95
An exercise consisting of groove-oriented single- and double-stroke patterns that are designed to challenge the finer fulcrum muscles of the hands.
Duration: 3:00 | Level: Advanced
$18.99
Jobim’s catchy, syncopated, groovy Brazilian piece for intermediate percussion ensemble as adapted by Murray Gusseck.
Duration: 3:00 | Level: Medium
$40.00
Violent Tenor Cream is a collection of some of the sickest tenor solos and ensembles ever known to the world of quad drumming.
Level: Advanced
$26.00
Another concoction from the innovative mind of Murray Gusseck, this drumline parking lot piece was heard played by the 2008 Santa Clara Vanguard.
Duration: 2:05 | Level: Advanced
$18.99
Four unique jazz arrangements of classical greats, masterfully adapted for percussion ensemble, piano, and rhythm section by Murray Gusseck.
Duration: 7:15 | Level: Advanced
$48.00
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