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Piece Title : Alborada del Gracioso
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Composer / Arranger : Ravel, Maurice (Arr. Ancona, James)
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James Ancona Assistant Director of the Blue Hen Marching Band, Director of the Basketball Pep Band, Co-Director of the Symphonic Band University of Delaware James Ancona is currently the Percussion Caption Head for the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps and Front Ensemble Arranger for the Penn State Indoor Drum line.

He has several years experience as an arranger and instructor for world class drum and bugle corps including the Crossmen, Star of Indiana, the Glassmen, Santa Clara Vanguard, and Carolina Crown. James honors in the marching activity include having been a member of the 1990 DCI World Champion Cadets of Bergen County and having been on the instructional staff of Star of Indiana's (1993) and Santa Clara Vanguard's (2004) World Champion percussion sections.

His Vanguard Percussion Ensembles and Mixed Ensembles (with brass) have won at the Drum Corps International Individual and Ensemble Championships. Several of his percussion arrangements appear on Star of Indiana's "Brass Theater" and "BLAST" compact discs and are published by Tap Space Publications. James is also co-author of Up Front: A Complete Resource for Today's Pit Ensemble.

He is an endorser and clinician for Remo, Inc., Pearl Drums and Adams Percussion, and the Avedis Zildjian Company. James is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Delaware. He is the Assistant Director of the Blue Hen Marching Band, Director of the Basketball Pep Band and Co-Director of the Symphonic Band.

James received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his Master's Degree in Performance from Indiana University where he was awarded the prestigious Performer's Certificate.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :9 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Percussion Ensemble
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Instrumentation : Castanets / Hi-Hat Crash Cymbals / Large Sizzle Cymbal / Snare Drum / Tambourine / Zildjian Crash of Doom
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Written for / Commissioned by : Santa Clara Vanguard percussion ensemble
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 Santa Clara Vanguard percussion ensemble
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Publisher :Tapspace Publications
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Tapspace™ is a publishing company specializing in creative percussion music. Formed in 1998 and stationed in Portland, Oregon, USA, Tapspace has a refined niche focusing on educational and appealing concert percussion ensembles, solos, duets, rudimental percussion music, steel band music, and other educational materials.

With a star-studded list of contributing artists, our works have been performed by thousands of percussionists around the world, and are being used daily to help shape and influence the rapidly growing percussive arts. This makes Tapspace a premier source for today`s most creative percussion literature.

Year Composed / Copyright Date :2001 / 
Duration :4Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :Various
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This percussion ensemble arrangement of Alborada del Gracioso recreates the colorful and vibrant work of Ravels original. Originally written in 2001 and premiered by the Santa Clara Vanguard percussion ensemble, this arrangement will challenge performers and engage audiences with its accessible Spanish flair.

The middle section features a soloistic marimba cadenza which utilizes advanced 4-mallet rotations and is answered by colorfully scored ensemble interjections. Alborada del Gracioso comes with a full, bound score and includes all individual parts available for printing on included CD-Rom.

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