UFO Tofu (arranged for percussion ensemble and rhythm section). Composed by Bela Fleck. Arranged by Tom Gierke. Percussion Ensemble. For 2 low A marimbas (adaptable for 3), 1 low E marimba, 2 vibraphones, 1 xylophone, 1 glockenspiel, 5 timpani, 1 drumset w/ optional electronic trigger pads, bongos, djembe, windchimes, triangle, finger cymbal (9 players). Concert Percussion Ensembles. Advanced. Score and parts on CD-ROM. 22 pages. Duration 3'10". Published by Tapspace Publications (TA.TSPCE-19).
UFO Tofu is a popular Bela Fleck tune adapted for modern percussion ensemble. At the bright tempo of 225 beats per minute, the piece has an upbeat, cut-time feel that weaves in and out of some advanced meter changes. Many of the mallet orchestrations will require a solid grasp of 4-mallet independence concepts. This arrangement first premiered at the DCI Individual & Ensemble Competition by the Santa Clara Vanguard Percussion Ensemble. The exuberance of the piece naturally lends itself to audience appeal and would make for a perfect encore piece at the end of a concert.