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Indoor Percussion 101: Episode 5 – Composing the Musical Score

INDOOR PERCUSSION 101

Vic Firth sits down with John Mapes and Ian Grom – two of the most respected and award winning designers/instructors in the world of Indoor Marching Percussion – to cover ALL the basics you need to know in order to have a successful ensemble. If you design, teach or supervise an indoor marching percussion ensemble, this new series from Vic Firth is for you!

INSTALLMENT #5

 

Here’s just a few of Vic’s popular
marching percussion products!

  • Free
    STATH
    STATH

    Tom Aungst Tenor Hybrid

    The original. Blends the feel of a traditional tenor mallet with the sound of a snare stick. Great for both indoor and outdoor applications. Nylon head.

    • Diameter: .700" [1.78cm]
    • Length: 153/4" [40.01cm]
    • Taper: Short
  • Free
    SMJ
    SMJ

    Mike Jackson

    A thick shoulder and long taper provide quick rebound and a great “ping-shot”. Long reverse taper pushes more mass to the front of the stick.

    • Diameter: .740" [1.88cm]
    • Length: 17" [43.18cm]
    • Taper: Long
  • Free
    mb1h
    mb1h

    MB1H

    For 18”– 22” bass drums.

  • Free
    M233
    M233

    M233

    Soft. Clear response with lots of projection and vibrant sound in the low register.

    • Head: Synthetic Yarn
    • Shaft: Rattan
  • Free
    hhpql
    hhpql

    Large Quadropad

    This practice pad for marching tenors features accurately spaced pads for the most authentic practice experience! The large Quadropad is for players used to a 10" #1 drum. A set of laminates is included.

  • Free
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    High Fidelity Earplugs, Regular

    The world’s highest fidelity non-custom earplugs. Developed in conjunction with Etymotic, Vic Firth Earplugs are configured to replicate the natural response of the ear canal so that sound is reproduced exactly as the ear would hear it, only quieter. Clarity of speech and richness of music are preserved rather than muffled. 20db sound reduction across all frequencies. Heavy-duty neck cord and carrying case included.

About John Mapes:

John Mapes is a full time marching percussion designer and educator from Southern CA who has achieved an unprecedented 32 WGI medals since 2005. In addition to his successes in competitive indoor percussion – which include leading Chino Hills High School and Pulse Percussion to 6 World Championships – John is incredibly active in Drum Corps International. In 2013, John joined the design team of the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps as battery arranger. Previously, he worked with Blue Devils B from 2007-2012 and Esperanza Drum and Bugle Corps from 2002-2006. He is also a co-founder of Box-Six.com, a website compiling original indoor percussion and marching band shows with fellow composer Ian Grom.

About Ian Grom:

Ian Grom is a full time composer and educator whose artistic contributions extend into all seasons of the marching activity! Together with his work in the WGI arena – leading Chino Hills High School and Pulse Percussion to 6 World Championships – Ian’s efforts composing award-winning marching band shows and arranging for some of the world’s best DCI corps have cemented his reputation as one of the brightest minds in marching music today. Ian worked with the Cadets Drum and Bugle corps from 2009-2012 and joined the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps design team as the front ensemble arranger in 2013. He is also a co-founder of Box-Six.com, a website compiling original indoor percussion and marching band shows with fellow composer John Mapes.

VISIT JOHN AND IAN ONLINE: WWW.BOX-SIX.COM

Want to Learn More?

Check out WGI’s “Indoor Percussion: Top Secrets” DVD

topsecretsdvdv1“Indoor Percussion: Top Secrets,” a new WGI educational series designed to cover every essential topic for indoor percussion. Join along as we ask several of the top designers in the activity to walk you through the processes of putting together every aspect of a successful indoor season. Take notes from some of the top designers in the country as you prepare to create your most successful program to date.

This DVD features segments on “Selecting a Program,” “Storyboarding a Show,” and “Orchestrating for Indoor Percussion.”

http://www.wgi.org/store/educational/indoor-percussion-top-secrets/