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Piece Title : Four Studies for Young Percussion Ensemble
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Level : Easy
Composer / Arranger : Gaetano, Mario (1955-)
Composer / Arranger Details:

Mario Gaetano is currently a Professor in the WCU Department of Music where he teaches applied percussion, percussion ensemble and percussion methods. Prior to joining the WCU faculty in 1979, he taught in the public schools of Ballston Spa, NY, and Portsmouth, VA. He holds a B.M. degree from the Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam, an M.M. degree from East Carolina University and a D.M.A from the University of Memphis. His principal teachers included James Petercsak, Harold Jones and Frank Shaffer. His composition teachers included Eliot DelBorgo and Robert Washburn.

A highly accomplished percussion artist, Dr. Gaetano has appeared as a soloist in numerous U.S. states for various professional gatherings, including performances at the Ludwig International Symposium; the Music Teachers National Association Convention; the PAS "Days of Percussion" in New York, North Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee; and the North Carolina Music Educators Association Convention. In 1984, he was a finalist in the prestigious Performers Competition sponsored by the National Association of Composers held annually at the Schoenberg Institute in Los Angeles, CA. He has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and Cullowhee Music Festival Orchestra. He is currently a member of the Asheville Symphony and has served as a member of the North Carolina Symphony and the Memphis Symphony.

He has authored numerous scholarly articles on percussion literature and pedagogy for various national and international journals including The Instrumentalist, Band World, Woodwind, Brass and Percussion, NACWPI Journal, Percussionist, Percussive Notes, Percussion News and Percussive Notes Research Edition. He is a past president of the North Carolina chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, and sits on the International Composition Contest Committee of PAS.  He is also an associate editor of the North Carolina Music Educator and edits the percussion column.

Gaetano is a highly respected composer and arranger of contemporary music for percussion. He has over 30 published works to his credit which are performed regularly at colleges and universities across the U.S. and abroad.  His snare drum method book, The Complete Snare Drummer, was recently published by Mel Bay Publications. Gaetano has four ASCAP Awards to his credit. His arrangement of Chick Corea`s Spain was recently recorded by the critically acclaimed Ju Percussion Group of Taiwan on their 15th anniversary CD set.

Gaetano holds professional memberships in the Percussive Arts Society, the Music Educators National Conference, ASCAP and the College Music Society.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :4 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Percussion Ensemble / Percussion Education
Instrument / Discipline : Percussion Quartet
Instrumentation : Bass Drum / Bongos (Set of) / Brake Drum (x3) / Claves (x2) / Cymbal / Hard Drum / Mark Tree / Snare Drum / Suspended Cymbal / Temple Blocks (Set of) (x2) / Timpani (x2) / Tin Can (x3) / Triangle / Vibraphone / Wood Block
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : Percussion 1 (snare drum, claves (optional), triangle, 3 tin cans) Percussion 2 (bongos, claves, suspended cymbal, vibes (or bells)) Percussion 3 (bass drum, wood block, hard drum, 5 temple blocks) Percussion 4 (2 timpani, 5 temple blocks, cymbal, ma
Written for / Commissioned by : Tuscola High School Percussion Ensemble
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 C Alan Publications
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Publisher :C. Alan Publications
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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 /  1995
Duration :9Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2
Special Needs :NA
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :

This work is intended to be a very challenging piece for the young percussion ensemble. If certain instruments are not available, suitable substitutes may be used. It is desirable to perform all four pieces in the order presented. However, individual movements or a combination of movements may be performed. Always observe the mallet indications very carefully, as well as all dynamic subtleties.

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