Percussion Ensemble

A set of five, short, contemporary songs for two percussionists and mezzo-soprano that use stupid, and comical, quotes as their lyrics.
Duration: 7:20 | Level: Advanced
Arguably Mahler's most famous single piece of music. This piece would make for a satisfying addition to concert programs that wish to demonstrate the lyrical capabilities of percussion.
Duration: 10:30 | Level: Medium
A classic introduction to Brazilian bossa nova for younger percussion ensembles.
Duration: 2:25 | Level: Med-Easy
Alarm! is intended for a middle school or high school batterie percussion ensemble. Extreme dynamics, rhythmic melodies, as well as an engaging visual element give the piece its unique flavor.
Duration: 2:35 | Level: Med-Easy
This arrangement of Ravel's masterpiece recreates the colorful and vibrant work for percussion ensemble. This piece will challenge performers and engage audiences with its accessible Spanish flair.
Duration: 4:00 | Level: Advanced
A meditative quintet in which the Aristotelian notion that “whole is greater than the sum of its parts” is a focal point.
Duration: 6:10 | Level: Medium
A cute, medium-easy percussion quartet in which players are assigned specific animal names to help define musical character.
Duration: 5:00 | Level: Med-Easy
Composed by Grieg for pizz strings and triangle, this ensemble adaption is enhanced by nonpitched perc, arpeggios, and rapid scalar passages.
Duration: 3:15 | Level: Med-Advanced
Paul Halley’s exuberant and joyful work made famous by the Paul Winter Consort is sure to be a high point of any ensemble concert!
Duration: 5:00 | Level: Advanced
This piece uses three marimbas and a large collection of African instruments to suggest a dark and superstitious atmosphere.
Duration: 7:30 | Level: Advanced
Dribble, slap, juggle, toss, and of course...BOUNCE! Written for five players with a variety of balls bouncing on the floor, this creative piece is a surefire crowd-pleaser.
Duration: 3:00 | Level: Medium
Contrasting dark introspective material with light humor, this arrangement for mallet trio honors a quick-moving masterpiece.
Duration: 2:10 | Level: Medium
An exciting exploration of rhythm and melody for beginning percussion ensembles.
Duration: 2:10 | Level: Easy
A creative, practical, and fun collection of 10 beginning percussion ensembles with DVD of performances, techniques, audio, and more.
Duration: 1:30–2:40 each | Level: Easy to medium-easy
Inspired by an adventure in the Himalayas, this rich work for percussion orchestra by Jim Casella is a vibrant representation of the human spirit.
Duration: 7:00 | Level: Advanced
A catchy composition by the famous banjo picker and jazz musician Béla Fleck from "Left of Cool". Its simple melody, arranged wonderfully by Olin Johannessen, encapsulates the folksy sound of Americana.
Duration: 3:00 | Level: Med-Advanced
This is a well-crafted piece for intermediate percussion quartet where each player has a small multipercussion setup.
Duration: 3:25 | Level: Medium
This advanced ensemble piece is a tribute to the evolution of hip-hop music, from the Golden Era of the 80’s and 90’s to modern trap music.
Duration: 5:50 | Level: Advanced
In this arrangement, Brian Slawson enables percussion ensembles to recreate Bach's masterpiece through creative mallet orchestrations.
Duration: 3:45 | Level: Med-Advanced
Are you ready to rock? This is an ensemble for an unpitched percussion quartet that's sure to take the house down!
Duration: 4:00 | Level: Medium
The holidays just got a little warmer with Caliente Christmas. A Latin-tinged percussion ensemble piece for 10-11 players.
Duration: 8:10 | Level: Med-Advanced
Three intermediate players, one marimba, and a quirky take on salsa!
Duration: 2:00 | Level: Medium
Children's Medley is one of several masterworks arranged for percussion ensemble by Brian Slawson on the Grammy-nominated CD "Bach on Wood."
Duration: 3:40 | Level: Medium
This updated arrangement of Owen’s famous xylophone solo includes three accompaniment options and an optional solo cadenza.
Duration: 4:00 | Level: Medium