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Tomfoolery

trio for tom-toms
Level: Med-Easy
Duration: 1:45
Personnel: 3 players
Release Date: 2020
Product ID : TSPCE20-025
Price: $29.00
Item #: TSPCE20-025

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Description

As the title suggests, Tomfoolery by Wes Stephens is a piece that only uses three toms: high, medium, and low. The form is ABA and uses hocket rhythms between the players for the main thematic material in the A sections. The B section features each player in a brief solo, then together in a rudimental unison passage.

This piece also involves various extended techniques such as stick clicks, playing on the rims of the drums, and playing on other performer’s drums. A great selection for beginning-intermediate percussion ensembles, Tomfoolery will keep performers engaged and audiences entertained!


This piece comes as a professionally printed and bound score and includes individual parts in PDF format for printing or for tablet viewing.

Instrumentation

3 toms (high, medium, low)

Reviews

Written for three parts of equal difficulty, “Tomfoolery” is a trio for tom-toms that would work well with middle school students. The musical material of this work incorporates both unison figures and conversational “hocket” passages. Tom-toms are divided into high, medium, and low parts, and players frequently switch between the rim and the head of the drums. Often, the performers will perform an eighth-note ostinato on the rim of the drums, which allows for more security as accented notes on the head of the drum are passed around the ensemble. The middle section of “Tomfoolery” affords each performer a four-measure solo, providing the instructor an opportunity to focus on balance between melodic figures and ostinato figures. “Tomfoolery” is sure to be a hit among younger percussionists. 

—Jamie Wind Whitmarsh
Percussive Notes
Vol. 59, No. 1, February 2021

Description

As the title suggests, Tomfoolery by Wes Stephens is a piece that only uses three toms: high, medium, and low. The form is ABA and uses hocket rhythms between the players for the main thematic material in the A sections. The B section features each player in a brief solo, then together in a rudimental unison passage.

This piece also involves various extended techniques such as stick clicks, playing on the rims of the drums, and playing on other performer’s drums. A great selection for beginning-intermediate percussion ensembles, Tomfoolery will keep performers engaged and audiences entertained!


This piece comes as a professionally printed and bound score and includes individual parts in PDF format for printing or for tablet viewing.

Instrumentation

3 toms (high, medium, low)

Reviews

Written for three parts of equal difficulty, “Tomfoolery” is a trio for tom-toms that would work well with middle school students. The musical material of this work incorporates both unison figures and conversational “hocket” passages. Tom-toms are divided into high, medium, and low parts, and players frequently switch between the rim and the head of the drums. Often, the performers will perform an eighth-note ostinato on the rim of the drums, which allows for more security as accented notes on the head of the drum are passed around the ensemble. The middle section of “Tomfoolery” affords each performer a four-measure solo, providing the instructor an opportunity to focus on balance between melodic figures and ostinato figures. “Tomfoolery” is sure to be a hit among younger percussionists. 

—Jamie Wind Whitmarsh
Percussive Notes
Vol. 59, No. 1, February 2021



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