Posted By : briancblume
Piece Title : Stretch
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Dificulty Rating :
Level : Junior / Senior
Composer / Arranger : Blume, Brian
Composer / Arranger Details:

Percussionist, composer, and educator Brian Blume is making himself known nationally and internationally through exceptional skill and creativity. A native of Logansport, Indiana, Brian is currently percussionist with the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra and has also played with the Lafayette Symphony, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Carmel Symphony, and Bloomington Camerata Orchestra. His performance experience goes far beyond orchestral playing and includes solo marimba and percussion, new music performances, and four years as a snare drummer with the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps. Recent accomplishments include performances at the 2010 TROMP Percussion Competition in Eindhoven, Netherlands, and First Place at the 2010 Mid-Missouri Percussion Arts Trophy marimba competition. Brian has studied with Kevin Bobo, Steve Houghton, John Tafoya, Anthony Cirone, Gerald Carlyss, and Brent Montgomery.
Brian is an active composer/arranger, educator, clinician, and adjudicator in Indiana and throughout the Midwest. He has received numerous commissions and has works published by Tapspace Publications, PercMaster Publications, and drop6 media. He writes for several high school percussion programs and has written for the IU Marching Hundred drumline and the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps drumline. Brian currently teaches percussion at Center Grove High School (Greenwood, IN) and has taught throughout the country at the Blue Stars, Madison Scouts, and the Star of Indiana Alumni Corps.
Brian earned both Master and Bachelor of Music degrees in percussion performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). Brian currently lives in Greenwood, IN, with his wife, Sarah.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion
Instrument / Discipline : Solo Marimba (5 Octave)
Instrumentation : N/A
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : 5 Octave Marimba
Written for / Commissioned by : N/A
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and Youtube Channel Owner. Recorded / Provided by:
 Brian Blume
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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 :2008 /  2009
Duration :8Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :4
Special Needs :Need a pair of soft mallets and a stick tray for a RH mallet switch while LH plays.
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :

When I think about the way by which we grow as individuals, it always comes back to being stretched; as an athlete, as a musician, in the classroom, spiritually, socially, and the list goes on. What would happen if we were never stretched in our thinking or in our abilities? It almost always takes our being challenged, enduring trials and difficulties, and being pushed or pulled for us to learn or grow in a certain area. Stretch for solo marimba is motivated in large part by these thoughts. Much of the piece is characterized by a constant pattern, or slight variation of this pattern, meant to connote the typical “daily grind” that many of us experience. Throughout the piece are some short moments of stretching outward on the keyboard, after which things either return as before, or the music moves toward a moment of victory, a positive result of being stretched. The listener will notice moments of thoughtfulness – brief moments to reflect – that quickly move on to something else. Fortunately, life eventually allows for times to relax and recharge, whatever that means for each individual. The slower, single-handed roll sections represent that time, almost a dreamlike state. However, life goes on, and so do the trials, difficulties, and challenges that stretch us to become better at whatever it is we do.

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