BLADE

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Piece Title : Blade
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Dificulty Rating :
Level : Senior / Graduate
Composer / Arranger : Finley, Benjamin
Composer / Arranger Details:

Benjamin Finley is currently the Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Percussion Studies at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. Originally from Searcy, Arkansas, Benjamin earned the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, studying with Thomas Burritt, Tony Edwards, and Brannen Temple. Prior to his appointment at East Central University, he served on the faculty of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. In addition, Benjamin was the director of the marching percussion program at the University of Texas from 2003 to 2005, coordinating and teaching the drum line of the Longhorn Band.

Dr. Finley served as percussion caption head of the Delta Brigade Drum and Bugle Corps in 2000, and competed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention Snare Drum Individuals from 1999 to 2001. As an adjudicator/clinician/arranger, Benjamin has worked with several schools in the Austin/San Antonio area, as well as Texas State University, and has given clinics in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Idaho, and Missouri. Benjamin also holds a Masters of Music from the University of Central Arkansas, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Arkansas Tech University. His additional teachers include Blake Tyson, Phil Parker and Gilbert Baker.

Dr. Finley served as percussion caption head of the Delta Brigade Drum and Bugle Corps in 2000, and competed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention Snare Drum Individuals from 1999 to 2001. As an adjudicator/clinician/arranger, Benjamin has worked with several schools in the Austin/San Antonio area, as well as Texas State University, and has given clinics in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Idaho, and Missouri. Benjamin also holds a Masters of Music from the University of Central Arkansas, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Arkansas Tech University. His additional teachers include Blake Tyson, Phil Parker and Gilbert Baker.

As a concert artist, Benjamin is active in the creation and performance of new music for marimba and percussion, and in the presentation of solo concerts throughout the Midwest. Recently, Dr. Finley has worked with a consortium of percussion/marimba artists from across the United States in the commissioning of new works by Robert Morris, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Charles Wuorinen, and Halim El-Dabh.

As a composer, Finley has written three solo works for marimba: Evergreen, Ternion and Tree Line. His most recent compositions include "Blade" for solo percussion and "Glacier" for percussion ensemble. Benjamin Finley is an endorsing artist/educator for Pro Mark drum sticks and mallets, and his performance videos can be viewed at his YouTube channel.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Untuned Percussion
Instrument / Discipline :
Instrumentation : 3 Semi-Resonant Metals / Kick Bass Drum / Snare Drum / Tom (x2)
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : N/A
Written for / Commissioned by : Blake Tyson
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 Performed by Benjamin Finley (Video Provided by Tapspace Publications)
Accompanied :N/A
Publisher :Tapspace Publications
Publishers Website :www.tapspace.com
Publisher Details :

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 :2010 /  2010
Duration :7Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2
Special Needs :N/A
Sheet Music Available From :www.tapspace.com/Blade-pr-153.html      Check to see if in stock
Programme Notes / Performance Details :

Blade is a multipercussion solo that requires coordinated independence relentlessly! Written for an abbreviated drumset (played while standing) and complemented by three semi-resonant metals of the performer`s choosing, the piece uses a series of hemiola-driven rhythmic gestures to weave a complex tapestry of percussive sound. Underwritten by a recurring melodic theme that travels freely among all voices, Blade will require all of your coordination and sensitivity.

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Posted By : Joshua7Dunn    Date Posted: 29 October 2012 09:23:53 AM
This piece requires much independence capabilities. Great for a senior college recital. Uses a constant driving rhythmic base that continues throughout the entire piece.
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