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Tax Time

for solo marching snare
Level: Advanced
Duration: 3:00
State Lists: Texas | Florida | Ohio | Wisconsin | Indiana
Release Date: 2012
Product ID : TSPCS-37
Price: $16.00
Item #: TSPCS-37

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Description

No one likes tax time…until now! Snare drummer extraordinaire Jeff Queen pays his fair share with this meaty solo, Tax Time. Written for the advanced rudimental percussionist, the piece is designed to challenge the performer in the areas of two-height control, pulse control, flam rudiments, and low-end bounce. It is a straight-forward marching-style solo that incorporates visuals, playing zone manipulation, some odd meters, and fast playing. 

It’s Tax Time…get a helmet!

Instrumentation

  • Marching snare drum

Reviews

Originally written for one of Jeff Queen’s students, “Tax Time” is an exciting piece that explores the many facets of contemporary rudimental percussion. All stickings (including back stickings) are clearly marked, and all instructions can be easily understood The nomenclature and notation used with regard to roll types, special accents, and rimshots are very logical, clear, and easy to read, but just in case, a notational key is provided. Also of note is the precision with which Queen describes the beating spots on the drum (halfway, center, to center, edge), even going so far as to create a graphic to show the performer exactly where “over snare bed” is to be played.

In this solo Queen refers to a “fractional dynamic system” in which accents are marked at one dynamic level while unaccented notes are played at a lower dynamic, specified by the marking. While this concept is nothing new, notating how much louder the accents are to be played truly shows the continued emergence of the rudimental artist.

“Tax Time” could be played for any number of auditions:  school drum line, college percussion auditions, or even a DCI audition. Upper intermediate players looking to bring their chops to the next level or advanced players looking for some new and challenging repertoire will find what they are looking for in this piece.

–Marcus D. Reddick
Percussive Notes 
Vol. 51, No. 3, May 2013 

Description

No one likes tax time…until now! Snare drummer extraordinaire Jeff Queen pays his fair share with this meaty solo, Tax Time. Written for the advanced rudimental percussionist, the piece is designed to challenge the performer in the areas of two-height control, pulse control, flam rudiments, and low-end bounce. It is a straight-forward marching-style solo that incorporates visuals, playing zone manipulation, some odd meters, and fast playing. 

It’s Tax Time…get a helmet!

Instrumentation

  • Marching snare drum

Reviews

Originally written for one of Jeff Queen’s students, “Tax Time” is an exciting piece that explores the many facets of contemporary rudimental percussion. All stickings (including back stickings) are clearly marked, and all instructions can be easily understood The nomenclature and notation used with regard to roll types, special accents, and rimshots are very logical, clear, and easy to read, but just in case, a notational key is provided. Also of note is the precision with which Queen describes the beating spots on the drum (halfway, center, to center, edge), even going so far as to create a graphic to show the performer exactly where “over snare bed” is to be played.

In this solo Queen refers to a “fractional dynamic system” in which accents are marked at one dynamic level while unaccented notes are played at a lower dynamic, specified by the marking. While this concept is nothing new, notating how much louder the accents are to be played truly shows the continued emergence of the rudimental artist.

“Tax Time” could be played for any number of auditions:  school drum line, college percussion auditions, or even a DCI audition. Upper intermediate players looking to bring their chops to the next level or advanced players looking for some new and challenging repertoire will find what they are looking for in this piece.

–Marcus D. Reddick
Percussive Notes 
Vol. 51, No. 3, May 2013 



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