TRAUMATIC CHROMATIC

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Piece Title : Traumatic Chromatic
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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 :6 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Percussion Ensemble / Percussion Education
Instrument / Discipline : Percussion Ensemble
Instrumentation : Castanets / Chimes / Flexitone / Glockenspiel / Snare Drum / Tambourine / Temple Block / Triangle / Whistle / Xylophone
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : 4 1/3 Octave Marimba
Written for / Commissioned by : Traumatic Chromatic (for William)
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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 :

Ah, yes...the chromatic scale. The sighs of boredom emanating from percussionists having to play their chromatic scale at the speed of their fellow wind players can be heard down the street. Percussionists don’t have to worry about making embouchure adjustments on a trumpet or cracking the Da Vinci code that is bassoon fingerings. Once we have the stroke down and know where to start, we’re good to go!

Traumatic Chromatic focuses on playing a fast chromatic scale in a whole tone setting. This scale is broken down into its core components and rebuilt in several different ways (e.g., one hand at a time, both hands, groupings of four notes, groupings of six notes, etc.). After passing the scale around the various keyboard instruments, we are finally given the payoff at the end with a 16th note-based, single-octave chromatic scale.

A secondary focus is tempo manipulation. There are several major moments in the piece that build tension and excitement by slowing down (molto rit.), speeding up (accel.), or even halting (fermata). Achieving these effects as an ensemble can be tricky.

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