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Marching Percussion 101: Stick & Mallet Selection

Stick and Mallet Selection

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

How to choose sticks and mallets that will deliver a characteristic sound and offer the most durability

Video 2: Front Ensemble Color Choices

A demonstration of general characteristic sounds, as well as options for creating a warm/dark sound and bright sound palettes

Video 3: Tenor Tonal Possibilities

A demonstration of 4 possible tonal colors with nylon headed mallets, rubber tipped sticks, felts and fluffy mallets

Video 4: Bass Drum Tonal Possibilities

Demonstrating the sound color differences between hard and soft felts

Video 5: Snare Drum Tonal Possibilities

Listen to the color possibilities from dark to bright with sticks, rubber tipped sticks and piccolo tips

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.

Essential for any program who wants to build a strong marching percussion section!


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