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Piece Title : Escape Artist
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Level : Medium
Composer / Arranger : Rath, Eric
Composer / Arranger Details:

Eric Rath is an active educator, clinician, arranger and composer. He is currently the Director of Percussion and Associate Band Director at Randall High School in Amarillo, TX. Additionally, Mr. Rath serves as adjunct Instructor of Percussion at Amarillo College.

Mr. Rath is a graduate of West Texas A&M University. He received his Bachelor of Music Education (2001) and his Master of Arts Degree (2004). While at WT, he studied percussion with Dr. Susan Martin Tariq and was a member of the Symphonic Band under the direction of Dr. Gary Garner, then Mr. Don Lefevre.

Mr. Rath is a member of the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra and also regularly performs with the Amarillo Opera. Mr. Rath occasionally plays vibraphone and drumset with area jazz groups and is active on the worship team at his church. Mr. Rath is a former member of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps.

Mr. Rath resides in Amarillo, Texas, with his wife, Kayla, their daughter Regan, and their son, Grant. His professional affiliations include the Percussive Arts Society, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association and is an alumnus and former chapter president of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is also proud to be an Educator Endorser for the Promark Corporation as well as a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Total Number of Percussionists Required :7 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Percussion Ensemble / Percussion Education
Instrument / Discipline : Percussion Ensemble
Instrumentation : China Cymbal / Concert Toms / Glockenspiel / Hi-Hats / Shaker / Snare Drum / Tambourine / Triangle / Xylophone
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : 4 1/3 Octave Marimba / 32 , 29, 26
Written for / Commissioned by : Escape Artist (for Kayla)
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 Tapspace Publications
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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 :2011 /  2011
Duration :3Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2
Special Needs :N/A
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :

Escape Artist takes a cross-section of the concepts in the other ensembles in this collection and fuses them together. This piece blends the need for trap tables, multipercussion setups, and mallet changes with syncopated, interlocking rhythms, accessory instrument acumen, and overall ensemble awareness. And beyond that, Escape Artist throws in a few final things to work on.

So much of what we do as percussionists boils down to our ability to play various subdivided rhythms and accent patterns. Every variation of two- and three-note, single-beat 16th-note patterns are presented here. Starting at ms. 5, all four three-note 16th-note patterns are placed together. This focus on rhythm and timing will help your students establish a better sense of pulse and rhythmic accuracy.

The best part about Escape Artist is that it’s kinda funky! It was a lot of fun to write and even more fun to put together and play. And not only is it fun for students, but audiences enjoy it as well. It will provide your students one more chance to work on some of the fundamental concepts presented in this collection while introducing some new concepts...all while having a good time!

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