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Garage Drummer for Percussion Ensemble

By James Campbell

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Percussion Ensemble multi-percussion solo with percussion ensemble (FOR SOLOIST: Horizontal bass drum (20'-24'), medium-low tom, medium-high tom, snare drum, bongos, small suspended cymbal (splash or trash), resonant "trashy" metal (opera gong), crotales (low octave preferred), a bass bow, dry cowbell. FOR ENSEMBLE: small)
Composed by James Campbell. Score and set of parts. Duration 7 minutes, 16 seconds. Published by Innovative Percussion (IP.E-JC-GAR).

Item Number: IP.E-JC-GAR

8.5x11 inches.

Composer's Notes: Garage Drummer was inspired by my memories of rock band jam sessions (commonly known as garage bands) held in various household basements and garages during my career. The occupants of the host household, at first, notice little more than random noises and feedback seeping through the walls of their living room. As the jam session unfolds, the drummer's experiments with sounds, grooves, and fills increase with confidence and join a cacophony of wild guitar, bass, and keyboard riffs. As usual, the drummer not only ends up driving the band, but also drives the occupants out of the house! I have to say that I-ve served on both ends of the experience as a drummer and a parent. Garage Drummer won first place in the 2005 PAS Composition Contest and was premiered by Rob Parks (JBC).

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