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Marching Percussion 101: Instrumentation

Instrumentation

This series of video lessons will provide students and instructors alike with a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental techniques for the marching percussion section. From maintenance to performance techniques, Vic Firth’s PERCUSSION 101 will cover the essential skills necessary for today’s all-around percussionist.

The curriculum for this series was compiled by members of Vic Firth’s Collegiate Educator Program which includes some of the most influential university instructors in the country. Presented by Brian Mason and the Morehead State University Drumline, this series will help band directors and students master the fundamentals in order to become a great marching percussion section.

Video 1: Basic Recommendations

Choosing an instrumentation that will provide a balanced sound for your marching percussion ensemble

Video 2: Choosing Players for Each Section

Some important considerations that may help the students be successful

MP101_warmup_packetFundamental Techniques for the Contemporary Marching Percussion Section

This warmup packet contains seven fundamental exercises for the marching percussion section. Covering basic strokes, timing, two height control and rolls, these exercises were specifically designed to provide the beginning to intermediate drumline with a solid foundation for building individual and ensemble technique.

Each exercise includes a full score and suggestions to help you and your students understand the basic techniques that are included. In addition, we have provided several options that may be used if students either find the exercise too difficult, or are looking for a challenge to enhance their skills.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A FREE PDF OF THIS 40 PAGE BOOK!
Essential for any program who wants to build a strong marching percussion section!

PRODUCT SELECTION GUIDE:

  • Free
    ct1
    ct1

    CT1 General

    For all around playing. Synthetic felt head.

  • Free
    M183
    M183

    M183

    Medium hard yarn marimba mallet with full tone and excellent clarity throughout the entire range of the instrument. Synthetic core; birch shafts.

    • Head: Synthetic Yarn
    • Shaft: Wood
  • Free
    M188
    M188

    M188

    Hard cord vibe mallet provides maximum projection and clarity. Weighted rubber core; rattan shafts.

    • Head: Synthetic Cord
    • Shaft: Rattan
  • Free
    M63
    M63

    M63

    Medium. 11/2” poly ball on rattan shafts produces a warm sound on xylophone that blends nicely within a keyboard ensemble.

    • Head: Plastic/Poly
    • Shaft: Rattan
  • Free
    mb1h
    mb1h

    MB1H

    For 18”– 22” bass drums.

  • Free
    MS1
    MS1

    MS1

    Full oval tip and short taper bring out the dark sounds on drums and cymbals.

    • Diameter: .695" [1.77cm]
    • Length: 161/2" [41.91cm]
    • Taper: Short
  • Free
    mt1a
    mt1a

    MT1A

    A nylon head with a curved playing surface for ultra-staccato sounds.

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