LOW TIDE

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Piece Title : Low Tide
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Level : Easy-Medium
Composer / Arranger : Hicks, Ralph
Composer / Arranger Details:

First and foremost a teacher, Ralph Hicks feels blessed to have been influenced by amazing and dedicated teachers. He couldn’t have asked for better models for making a meaningful impact on the life of a young musician. Ralph is a product of the highly successful Spring HS Band program (Spring, TX), winning two Texas 5A State Marching Championships, one BOA Grand National Championship, a PAS Call for Tapes, and a naming to the 1995 Texas All State Orchestra.

Receiving a full scholarship to the University of Kentucky, Ralph studied Percussion under Professor James B. Campbell. In 1996 he took first place in the PAS International Vibraphone Solo competition. In 1997 he was a member of the Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps and was named a Yamaha Young Performing Artist.

His performing days behind him, Ralph has spent his entire professional career in the Greater Houston area. Currently at Mitchell Intermediate in The Woodlands, TX (Conroe ISD), he teaches saxophone, percussion, the steel drum band Teal Steel, and Let Them Drum!, a motor skill development program for special needs children involving hand drums. As a composer, he has spent the last fifteen years composing and arranging for schools across Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Kentucky.

Ralph lives in his hometown of Spring, TX with his wife Marcail and two children, Brooklynn and William. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Texas Music Educators Association, the Percussive Arts Society, and is endorsed by Innovative Percussion.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :7 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Percussion Ensemble / Percussion Education
Instrument / Discipline : Percussion Ensemble
Instrumentation : Brake Drum / Chimes / Glockenspiel / Sleigh Bells / Triangle / Windchimes / Wood Block / Xylophone
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : 4 Octave Marimba / 32, 29, 26
Written for / Commissioned by : Low Tide (for Marcail)
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and Youtube Channel Owner. Recorded / Provided by:
 Tapspace Publications
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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 :2011 /  2011
Duration :3Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2
Special Needs :N/A
Sheet Music Available From :www.tapspace.com/Beyond-Basic-Percussion-pr-161.html      Check to see if in stock
Programme Notes / Performance Details :

It should never be too early to introduce tempo control and dynamic expression to young performers. Low Tide focuses on controlling a slow tempo with constant dynamic contrasts. We use these concepts as tools to convey musical expression and variety. Younger players don’t always have the necessary skills, although it may be within them. They just may not know how to bring it out. This is similar to the frustration of a toddler learning how to speak. They know what they want to say but can’t always say it! As they build their vocabulary, they are able to more fully express their wants and needs.

Through Low Tide, hopefully your performers will develop enough tempo and dynamic control to turn their instruments into extensions of themselves. Unfortunately, we do not live in the world of Mr. Holland’s Opus. We cannot always just say, “Play the sunset,” and magically create a virtuoso performer. Like anything else, they must be shown how to do it.

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