Parade of the Penguins (for percussion ensemble). Composed by Stuart P. O'Neil. Percussion Ensembles. For Glockenspiel, xylophone, small 4-octave marimba (shared), 4 timpani, cabasa, tambourine, sleigh bells, snare drum, bass drum, guiro, and triangle. (12 players). Difficulty: Medium-Easy. Folio & CD-ROM. 12 pages. Duration 2:45. Published by Tapspace Publications (TA.TSPCE-88).
This original for percussion ensemble is very metered, but don't let its march-like quality fool you--this is a jovial piece that will have wide appeal. The writing is very well balanced between the melody in the keyboard parts and the contributions from the nonpitched instruments. This creates a more sophisticated piece than is sometimes heard at this level, and offers any number of teachable moments with your ensemble. Parade of the Penguins comes as a full, bound score and includes a CD-ROM containing individual parts and a recording.