DUO FOR MARIMBA AND VIBRAPHONE

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Piece Title : Duo for Marimba and Vibraphone
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Composer / Arranger : Briggs, Thomas
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Senior Chief Musician Thomas Briggs plays principal percussion for the United States Coast Guard Band. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a Bachelor of Arts degree in jazz studies and music education. In addition to his duties with the concert band, he also plays drums for the Dixieland Jazz Band. He formed The Masters of Swing in the summer of 1989 in response to many requests for swing music from Coast Guard Band concert audiences. MUCS Briggs is an award-winning composer.

He has written and arranged many works for all types of musical ensembles from full symphonic and wind ensembles to rock group and swing band, as well as many chamber ensembles. An accomplished jazz pianist and mallet percussionist, MUCS Briggs has performed as marimba soloist with the Coast Guard Band in his own composition, the Concerto for Marimba, premiered in 1989; his Coast Guard Bicentennial Fanfare opened every concert on the Band's Coast Guard Bicentennial tours. In a contest sponsored by the Percussive Arts Society in June 1990, MUCS Briggs won second prize for his Reminiscence for Solo Vibraphone in Five Movements. In January 1990, he won the second prize in the annual American Bandmasters Association-Ostwald Band Composition Contest for his work titled Harkness.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :2 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion
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Publisher :C. Alan Publications
Publishers Website :www.c-alanpublications.com
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C. Alan Publications was founded in 1989 to fill a need for high-quality percussion literature.  Since that time, they have adhered to the highest standards of music integrity in the percussion music they publish.  In 1997, they added a line of concert band music to their catalogue, which continues to flourish.  More recently they added music for orchestra (youth, string and full), brass ensemble, chorus, jazz ensemble and chamber ensembles. 

In addition they are the sole distributor of 'Whole Sum Productions' percussion catalogue (WS).  Their music receives extensive exposure through performances on international concerts, clinics and conventions and is widely available on compact disc.

Year Composed / Copyright Date :1995 / 
Duration :9Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :4
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Sheet Music Available From :www.c-alanpublications.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=CAPC&Product_Code=01250      Check to see if in stock
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Good four mallet technique is required for both players in this four movement duet. The first movement is fairly quick with many time signature changes from triple to duple and back. The second movement is slower and set completely in 6/8 with a lilting feel. The third movement is marked Alla breve and is in 3/2 and 2/2. The final movement is very brisk with many time changes like the first movement. This is the most rhythmically challenging and exciting of the four movements.

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