Socially-Distanced Percussion Ensembles

Works are organized alphabetically. Each title from my catalog that is listed here I believe to be suitable for "record from home virtual ensembles" or small enough and without shared instruments such that it can be rehearsed socially-distanced in a relatively small space. Notes below each title indicate equipment needs and potential accommodations. Click on the title for program notes, audio, and more ...

ALL HANDS ON DECK
a collection of hand drum ensembles | 2-4+ players | Medium-Easy to Medium
3 duets, 3 trios, and 3 quartets; each player needs a hand drum (conga, cajon, or djembe); parts can be doubled, tripled, etc. for larger ensembles

CHIPBOARD
for percussion quartet | Easy | 2'
any wooden percussion instrument (wood block, temple block, claves, cajon, sticks, table top, etc.); parts simply designated as high, medium-high, medium-low, and low; each part can be doubled, tripled, etc. for larger ensembles

FRAMED
for percussion quartet | Medium | 2'45"
composed for tamborim, tambourine, pandeiro, and tar; this ensemble does require instrument specific techniques so would be appropriate only if designated instruments are available

HANDS UP
for percussion trio | Medium | 2'45"
each player needs a cajon or conga; parts can be doubled, tripled, etc. for larger ensembles

JUST LIKE THAT
for percussion quintet | Medium | 3'
five drums and five wood blocks (each arranged high to low); rim clicks can substitute for wood blocks

PADS IN ISOLATION
for practice pad quartet | Medium | 2'
specifically composed for "virtual ensemble" use; click track, score and parts available as a "name-your-price" digital download

PECKING ORDER
for rudimental snare drum duet | Medium | 1'30"
for any two snare drums (or practice pads)

PUZZLE PIECES
for percussion ensemble | 6+ players | Easy | Flexible Duration
for any percussion instruments or found sounds; composed as a percussion ensemble piece in the vein of Terry Riley's "In C"

SHAKE
for percussion quintet | Medium-Easy | 3'15"
written for egg shaker, two pairs of caxixi, shaker, and maracas; substitute and/or homemade instruments can be utilized

SUITE MARIMBA
a collection for marimba solo or duo | Medium-Easy to Medium
five duets for two players on one marimba; can work on any two wooden keyboard instruments, including student practice instruments

TIGHT QUARTERS
for four players on one xylophone | Medium-Easy | 3'15"
composed for four players on one xylophone; can use any combination of marimbas or xylophones including student practice instruments

TING
for percussion quartet | Medium-Easy | 2'45"
composed for ride cymbal, crash cymbal, triangle, finger cymbals; drum set cymbals are perfectly suited for this ensemble; a splash cymbal with triangle beater or coin can substitute for finger cymbals; any resonant metal that can be muted/let ring can substitute for triangle

TUBZ
part of the Noveltysicles collection for percussion ensemble | 6+ players | Easy | 2'30"
composed for two pitches of plastic tubes played on chairs; paper towel rolls or similar objects would be appropriate substitutes

UPS AND DOWNS
for percussion ensemble | 6 players | Medium-Easy | 2'
composed for agogo bells, temple blocks (2), bongos, congas, djembe, and cajon; any two metal or wooden objects can substitute for agogo bells and temple blocks respectively; any drums with a high and low pitch option will substitute for hand drums specified

WOOD, METAL, SKIN
for percussion trio | Medium | 2'30"
any percussion instruments or found sounds within the specified categories are acceptable; parts can be doubled, tripled, etc. for larger ensembles

XEROSIS
for friction percussion trio | Medium | 3'
composed for cabasa, guiro, and tambourine; this ensemble does require instrument specific techniques so would be appropriate only if designated instruments are available

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