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Mallet Solos and Duets
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    Percussion Music Books
  • What a Day!
  • What a Year!
  • What a Week!

    Percussion Ensemble Music
  • Sheet Music
  • Music Books for the Holidays

    Handbell Choir Sheet Music
  • Early Morning sound clip
  • Late Afternoon sound clip
  • Mid Night sound clip

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    Mallet Solos and Duets

    Serenade (vibraphone)
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    A truly beautiful and captivating tune for vibraphone, Serenade made its debut as a wedding processional, as the bride and groom walked down the aisle. Perfect for festivals and other special occasions. Chords marked for study or for improvisation. Intermediate, with piano accompaniment.

    Fall Novelties (mallet percussion)
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    This collection of tunes of the fall season includes Marvelous Harvest, Scarecrow Hop, Jack-O-Lantern, and the ever-popular Gobble Gobble.

    The tunes are fun to play and each one is written in a different style with a variety of rhythms and meters. For the beginner who is approaching an intermediate level. Art by Marion Melin.

    A Minor Incident (marimba and accordion) play
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    This waltz focuses on minor chords and with a beautiful counterpoint line for marimba in duet with accordion.

    Percussion Music Books

    What a Day!
    $12.50 each order now

    A collection of 19 easy duets for first to second year players. The music can be played by 2 or more mallet players or by any combination of mallets, percussion, or other instruments. One book is available for mallet percussion and another book is for percussion.

    The percussion book includes calypso, nueva onda, and masacote rhythms. The rhythms in most of the tunes are interchangeable so that you can substitute the music of an easier tune for a more challenging tune until the players are ready.

    On the top staff are rhythms for triangle, cymbal, tambourine, cowbell, wood block, claves, and maracas (or shakers). On the bottom staff are rhythms for snare drum and bass drum.

    What a Day! is specially designed for school music teachers and private music teachers. Read Reviews. Great for small or large ensembles. What a Day! features:

  • Measure numbers on every measure for efficient rehearsals.
  • Fingerings or slide positions for most instruments.
  • Reminders about flats and sharps.
  • Page of instrument ranges/symbols in Conductor's Score/Piano book.
  • Fun rhythms like bossa nova, cha-cha, bomba, rock, Afro-Cuban.
  • Warm-ups by key to get ready to play the tunes.
  • Workbook page for students to create their own warm-ups.
  • Tunes go from whole notes to 8th notes; 16th notes for percussionists.

    Each tune is named for a different hour of the day and at the start of each tune is a word describing the mood for that time of day. This helps motivate students and makes it fun as they try to express these moods when playing the music.

    The 15 books in the series include books for flutes, oboes, Bb clarinets, bassoons, alto saxes, tenor saxes, French horns, Bb trumpets, trombones, violins, violas, and cellos. A Conductor's Score/Piano Book is also available.

    What a Year!
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    A collection of 12 intermediate duets that can be played by 2 mallet instruments with or without the indefinite-pitched percussion instruments. These other percussion instruments can accompany the music played by other instruments.

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    The duets in What a Year! introduce students to a variety of rhythms, repeats, endings, phrasings, expressions, dynamics, and articulations using standard meters. These duets prepare students for the more advanced collection of duets in What a Week!

    This series offers wide versatility in teaching and playing situations. Teachers can play duets with their students and students can play together in small or large ensembles.

    Books are also available for flutes, oboes, Bb clarinets, bassoons, Bb saxophones, Eb saxophones, horns in F, Bb trumpets, trombones, accordions, violins, violas, cellos, and basses. Each tune inspired by and composed during the month of its title. (Young students like to play their birthday months!)

    What a Year! Mallet Challenge
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    This advanced version of What a Year! contains many double stops for more experienced players. The two mallet parts in the regular What a Year! book are combined for the advanced mallet player. The second part of this book is played by the indefinite-pitched percussion instruments.

    What a Week!
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    A collection of 7 duets that can be played by 2 mallet instruments. The third line is for the indefinite-pitched percussion instruments. This third line can be played with either or both of the mallet parts and/or with other instruments, including winds, brass, accordion, and strings. Any combination of instruments can play together.

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    The duets in this series are for intermediate players approaching the advanced level. The music covers the basics of musicianship. The many types of rhythms, meters, dynamics, phrasings, articulations, embellishments, expressions, repeats, and endings in the tunes give students a wide range of experience. Teachers can play duets with their students and students can play together in small or large ensembles.

    Students can also learn more about major scales as the tunes are written in 8 of the major scales with a key change in one of the 7 tunes. One tune is a 12-bar blues with chords marked to help students learn the progression.

    Books are also available for flutes, oboes, Bb clarinets, bassoons, Bb saxes, Eb saxes, horns in F, Bb trumpets, trombones, accordions, violins, violas, cellos, and basses. Each tune, named for one day of the week, was written on the day of its title.

    Percussion Ensemble Music

    From the Peacock (marimba/percussion, accordion, and bass)
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    From the Peacock covers about 1000 years of Hungarian music. It is based on one of the oldest known Hungarian melodies, which originated in the 800s. The words for the melody were "Fly, peacock, fly to the county hall To free the poor captives". This piece includes bass counterpoint in some sections.

    Accordion, string bass, and full percussion—tubular chimes, tambourine, drum set, Tibetan finger cymbal, wood blocks, bell tree, tam tam, tuned Brazilian bells, and marimba. For intermediate to advanced players.

    Before the Storm (percussion with accordion quartet)
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    Before the Storm is set on a cold and windy day with billowing clouds growing darker in the sky. The melodic lines lead from one accordion to another, creating a continuum building towards the storm.

    Full percussion—metal wind chimes, drum set, bell cluster, mark tree, high-pitched beads, low-pitched beads, Tibetan finger cymbal, and rain stick. For intermediate to advanced players.

    After the Storm (percussion with accordion quartet)
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    After the Storm begins with a flourish of exciting accordion glisses. Soon the contrabass and percussion join in with drum set, marimba, bell cluster, temple blocks, and Tibetan finger cymbal.

    The middle section recalls the sadness of the turmoil and devastation that the El Nino storm caused in 1998 to so many people in California. The mood shifts to celebrate the storm's end with a more familiar, though frenzied, accordion style. The piece ends with a calmness. For intermediate to advanced players.

    BellowFare (percussion with accordion ensemble)
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    A fanfare for 8 accordions and drum set, crash cymbals, wood blocks, and triangle. BellowFare opens with a flourish letting each player make a statement. The piece adheres to typical tonalities, but every now and then reaches out for a contemporary feel. It keeps the players and listeners on their toes, ending with a bang!

    Holiday Music for Mallet and Other Percussion

    Fun and Easy Christmas Favorites
    $15.99 mallet book, $12.50 percussion 4-part book order now

    A playful selection of solos and new duet arrangements of 12 familiar holiday tunes. One book is for mallet percussion and another book is for percussion. This is a mix and match music series with solos at the beginning of the book and duets in the second section of each book.

    The solos in these books show the chord changes of each tune. The tunes offer a wide variety of meters and rhythms to build students' confidence when playing these familiar tunes:

  • O Christmas Tree
  • The First Noël
  • Good King Wenceslas
  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  • It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  • Jingle Bells
  • Joy to the World
  • O Come All Ye Faithful
  • Peace on Earth
  • Silent Night
  • Up on the Housetop
  • We Three Kings of Orient Are

    The mallet percussion book works with any combination of band instruments while the percussion book works with all 20 books in the series.

    Books in the Fun and Easy Christmas Favorites series are also available for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, alto sax, tenor sax, French horn, trumpet, and trombone. A separate collection of books in different keys is available for strings. A band conductor's score/piano book and a string conductor's score/piano book are also avaiable.

    Holidays in Harmony
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    Enjoy Holidays in Harmony, a collection of wonderful new arrangements of holiday tunes popular in this country along with one brand new holiday tune and 5 popular tunes from other countries. The C Treble Clef Book is available for intermediate level mallet percussionists.

    The tunes can be played as solos, duets, in 3-part harmony, or in 4-part harmony. Each book in this series includes all 4 parts for these 12 tunes:

  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas (English)
  • Deck the Halls (Welch)
  • Good King Wenceslas (Bohemian)
  • Les Anges Dans Nos Campagnes (French)
  • Auld Lang Syne (Scottish)
  • Esta Noche Es Noche Buena (Spanish)
  • Chanuka (Jewish)
  • Ritsch, Ratsch (Swedish)
  • Die Hirten auf dem Felde (Austrian)
  • Wsrod Nocnej Ciszy (Polish)
  • Deilig Er den Himmel Blaa (Danish)

    This 8-book series of flexible instrumentation books includes chord symbols for every tune and lyrics in native languages with translations. The piano accompaniment book includes scores for all the tunes and stories about holiday celebrations in various countries.

    Other books available are a Bb book, Eb book, F book, and G book. Any instruments can play together.

    Be Mine: Love Songs
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    Croon a tune from yesteryear with this delightful collection of popular love songs from the early 1900s, plus an original written a century later. Lyrics and chord symbols with two harmony parts and a new melody written for each tune. The C Treble Clef Book is available for mallet percussion instruments.

    The new melody, an improv idea helpful in learning more about improvisation, can be played as a second chorus or along with the original melody for a contrapuntal sound. Great for mallet percussion instruments! Tunes in the books:

  • Alice Blue Gown
  • Blue Moon
  • Cuddle Up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine
  • For Me and My Gal
  • I Love You Truly
  • I'm Just Wild About Harry
  • If I Had My Way
  • Let Me Call You Sweetheart
  • Memories
  • My Gal Sal
  • Till We Meet Again
  • Valentine Waltz
  • Whispering
  • You Made Me Love You

    Any combination of instruments can play together. Other books available are for alto clef, bass clef, Bb, Eb, and F instruments.

    Handbell Choir Sheet Music

    Handbell Trilogy
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    Early Morning play
    This first tune in our Handbell Trilogy reflects the early time of day with gentle harmonies and rhythms. Major and minor 7ths are featured. Some 16th notes. Meter changes between 2/4 and 4/4. Range from lowest A on bass clef staff to B above treble clef staff with one F sharp and some B flats. 3 octaves + 1 bell. Intermediate, Level 3.

    Late Afternoon play
    This second tune in our Handbell Trilogy uses many 4ths and some challenging rhythms to convey the experience of a late afternoon. All in 4/4 time, about 1/3 of the tune uses 16th notes. A few TD markings. Range from lowest G on bass clef to C above treble clef staff, using most bells within this range. 4 octaves. Intermediate, Level 3.

    Mid Night play
    The last tune in our Handbell Trilogy is more ephemeral tune with a repeating motif in different harmonies. No 16th notes, some triplets, and a few meter changes. Mostly in 4/4, some 2/4 and 3/4. Range from the E flat below the bass clef to C above the treble clef staff. B, E, and A are the only flatted notes. 4 octaves + 2 bells. Intermediate, Level 3.


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