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Mixed Percussion Ensembles

minimum 9 players
Howa Bouta Cha-cha – Percy Hall
Difficulty: ME  OMEA Class: C  Publ. Code: 20608395  
The title is a play on words. At a dance invariably a couple will approach the leader of the band in between tunes and say “Howa Bouta Cha-cha?” Latin music is an excellent choice for large percussion ensembles because of the number of color instruments to be used in the accompaniment. This ensemble requires 9 players but it is advisable to have more than one player on at least some of the mallet parts. The ensemble must always strive for balance of parts, keeping the accompanying voices in that role. Some stickings have been marked to facilitate learning. This ensemble is lots of fun to play, with much to be learned as well, and enjoyable for the audience as well.

minimum 6 players
Russian Sailors’ Dance - Gliere/Hall
Difficulty: M  OMEA Class: B  Publ. Code: 00470  
This quartet is scored for orchestra bells, xylophone and 2 marimbas. Both marimba parts can be played on the same concert marimba if another instrument is not available. It also includes percussion parts for 2 players who are to cover snare drum, bass drum and suspended cymbals. This exciting piece is frequently played by symphony orchestras, and also in arrangements by school orchestras. The music describes clumsy Russian sailors learning to do an acrobatic dance. The arrangement is also complete with just the mallet instruments (see the listing above under Mallet Quartets.

minium 7 players
The Music Box – Percy Hall
Difficulty: M  OMEA Class: Jr. High  Publ. Code: 000183  
This ensemble imitates the sounds of a music box. It is scored for 5 mallet parts and 2 percussion parts. Mallet parts include bells, vibes, xylophone and 2 marimbas (both can be played on the same instrument) and the two percussion players are assigned to cover ratchet, triangle wood blocks, temple blocks and tambourine. The music box is wound up at the beginning and plays until it runs down, and then is wound up again and continues in the form of a round or canon and finally runs down at the end. This ensemble challenges many of the percussion section to play mallet parts that are not overly difficult, wetting their appetites for greater challenges. They will enjoy playing it and it is a real audience pleaser.

“OMEA Class” refers to the assigned difficulty rating on the Ohio Music Educators Association Required List.

Sound samples are provided for some of the arrangements on this site. These are produced as MP3 files, with links noted after those arrangements for which they are available. Many also provide a "short MP3" alternative for those with slower, dial-up connections. While all sound samples are fairly compact, the shorter versions will typically download four to five times faster than their fuller counterparts.

Score samples are also provided for some arrangements. These show the first page (and sometimes several pages) of the score, and are provided in PDF format. You will need to have the Adobe Reader installed to be able to read these files. If you are unsure if you have this capability, click on a score link and see what happens. If you cannot read the file, a free version of the Adobe Reader is available at www.adobe.com.


How to order:   Published music can be purchased from any reputable music dealer, including the following:
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