for snare drum quartet
Publisher: C. Alan Publications (2024)
Composed: 2022
Duration: 5′
Difficulty: Medium
Instrumentation (4 players): four snare drums (homogenous or graduated)

Commissioned by the Momentum Percussion Group for snare drum percussion quartet, Ring Toss is a five-minute work for intermediate percussion ensemble using four alike or graduated snare drums. The work explores multiple sounds and playing spots, varying textures ranging from ensemble unison figures to hocket passages, a full dynamic spectrum, and multiple metric contexts. Simple in instrumentation, but aurally complex and captivating, this quartet is certain to be engaging for both performers and audiences alike.

Special thanks to the following partners in the commissioning consortium for this work: Jeremy Boudreaux, Bridge City High School, BYU Percussion, Goose Creek Memorial High School, Dillan Hawkins, Jovon Milford (Allen University Percussion Ensemble), Pana Percussion Quartet, Dustin Smith, Sam Wetzel, and Dr. Lindsay Whelan