Posted By : Jeff Moore
Piece Title : Sleight of Hand
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Dificulty Rating :
Level : Junior / Senior
Composer / Arranger : Ward, Scott (b. 1979)
Composer / Arranger Details:

Scott Ward is the Percussion Instructor at Berkner High School. Although new to this position, Mr. Ward has been teaching private lessons in RISD since 2004 and has been an instructor for the Berkner Drumline in some capacity since 2001. In addition to his private instruction duties, he, in conjunction with Mr. Reed, is responsible for all percussive activity and instruction for the Berkner cluster. Mr. Ward is also the composer/arranger for all the percussion music in this year’s competition block show. Previously, Mr. Ward served as the drumline instructor and adjunct percussion teacher at Texas Christian University in 2004-05. He received his M.M. in Percussion Performance from Texas Christian University in 2004 while serving as the percussion graduate assistant. He received his B.S. in Music Education in 2002 from Texas A&M University-Commerce. While attending each of these universities, Mr. Ward performed in a number of ensembles including the TAMU-C and TCU wind ensembles, percussion ensembles, steel drum bands, marching bands and the TCU jazz band and orchestra.

Mr. Ward is an active composer, performer and educator throughout Texas. In addition to his arrangements for Berkner, Mr. Ward writes wind and percussion arrangements for a number of successful marching bands and drumlines throughout Texas and serves as a drumline clinician for several high schools and universities each marching band season. He is also the Front Ensemble Arranger for Revolution Drum and Bugle Corps in San Antonio, TX. As a freelance percussionist, he has performed with a variety of groups including the North East Texas Symphony, East Texas Symphony, and the Texas Wind Symphony. His compositions are published by C.Alan Publications including Sleight of Hand for solo percussion, Of Roman Times for Brass and Percussion, Funk Infusion for Percussion Ensemble, and Lucid Dreaming for solo percussion.

Scott is a member of The Texas Music Educators Association, Percussive Arts Society, Texas Bandmasters Association, Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Untuned Percussion
Instrument / Discipline : Multiple Percussion Solo
Instrumentation : Bongos (Set of) / Brake Drum / China Cymbal / Jam Block (x2) / Kick Bass Drum / Snare Drum / Tom
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : NA
Written for / Commissioned by : Not a Commissioned Work
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 C Alan Publications
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Publisher :C. Alan Publications
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Publisher Details :

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 :2002 /  2003
Duration :6Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :Various
Special Needs :N/A
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :

A “sleight of hand” is defined as “an artful trick; sly artifice; a feat so dexterous that the manner of performance escapes observation.”  This phrase is often used to describe the way in which a magician creates an illusion that is seemingly unexplainable to his audience.  This composition, entitled "Sleight of Hand," depicts the different stages of a magic act and the interaction between the audience and the magician.  As the composition begins, the magician makes “The Grand Entrace” (m.2) onto the stage with a sense of majesty and splendor.  Next, the magician begins “The Set-Up” (letter A) where he tempts the audience with flashes of color as their anticipation grows.  As he begins “Casting the Spell” (letter F) the audience becomes confused and disoriented.  Spellbound, the audience is now in “A Hypnotic State” mesmerized by the smooth, flowing lines and repetitive patterns.  There is then a tense build into “The Big Finale” where the magician combines all of his spells and powers to enrapture the audience as the show builds to an explosive finish.

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