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Piece Title : The Whimsical Nature of Small Particle Physics
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Level : Junior / Senior
Composer / Arranger : Wahlund, Ben
Composer / Arranger Details:

Ben Wahlund is an internationally award-winning music composer, music educator, and performer of percussion. With bachelor degrees from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota, as well as a Master`s Degree in Music Theory and Composition and a Performance Certificate in percussion from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, Ben Wahlund has seen success as a musician on a number of fronts since the early 1990`s.

As a composer, Mr. Wahlund`s works have been performed in the United States, Canada, Germany, Spain, Poland, Japan, Australia, France, Taiwan, China, and most recently, Jordan. Additionally, his compositions have placed twice in the Percussive Arts Society International Composition Contest, first place for the Quey Percussion Duo Annual Composition Contest, first place in the international Methanex "Symphony and Steel Composition Contest" for a concerto for steel pan and orchestra, and second place in the Keystone Composition Contest.

Ben Wahlund is the Assistant Director of the Birch Creek Music Center Percussion Session, in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, as well as a private teacher and adjudicator in the Naperville, Illinois area and serves as adjunct faculty in music theory, percussion pedagogy, composition/orchestration and music education at North Central College, in Naperville, IL.

Ben Wahlund also serves as the director of percussion at Naperville Central High School, where the high school percussion ensemble`s concert Drumshow consistently performs to capacity crowds of over 2,500 people. Additionally, Ben has designed and is director of the District 203 Riverwalk Percussion Camp.

His performance history involves successful performances in all aspects of percussion throughout the United States as well as Europe, including the Montreaux Jazz Festival, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Elmhurst Jazz Festival, two Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, a number of state Days of Percussion, and the Illinois Music Educators Association State Convention.

His effective and engaging teaching has earned him two Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Education, a number of citations as outstanding studio staff member at NCHS, a nomination for the Disney Excellence in Education Award, and, most importantly, a roster of tremendously successful students.

Ben Wahlund endorses Sabian Cymbals, Remo Percussion, and Innovative Percussion Drumsticks and Mallets. Mr. Wahlund`s work is published exclusively by HoneyRock Publications and lives in the Chicago area with his wife, Jennifer, and two dogs, Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Snare Drum
Instrument / Discipline : Snare Drum Solo with Accompaniment
Instrumentation : Snare Drum
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : NA
Written for / Commissioned by : Not A Commissioned Work
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Accompanied :Solo with CD Accompaniment
Publisher :Honeyrock Publishing
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Year Composed / Copyright Date :2006 /  2007
Duration :7Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2
Special Needs :Audio playback equipment
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In the fall of 2006 a dear family friend gave me a tour of his workplace – the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab). This is the home to an atomic particle accelerator where atoms are violently slammed into each other at indescribable speeds and a collision detection center takes “pictures” of the results. Among the many results recorded at Fermilab are a type of subatomic particle known as “quarks” and scientists refer to them as one of six “flavors”- top, bottom, up, down, strange, and charm. This helps the scientists at this facility and others understand the nature of matter, anti-matter, space in general, and even the most fundamental components of time itself. I was moved at this visit by how their work was so reverent in one way, but playful in another. With names like “strange”, “charm”, and the term “flavors” I was reminded of the musical giants I have come to revere who also walked this fine line between playing God and being a child.


This work is presented as a suite of the six flavors of quark, with a seventh dance entitled “collision”. Accompanying the snare drum is a recording entirely made of sounds I recorded some time after that in the Collision Detection Center at Fermilab expressly for a soundscape in this work. There are no other sounds involved, though a significant amount of liberties have been taken to present this as a technically and intellectually challenging experience, while at the same time visceral, playful and organic. –Not much unlike the work of Fermilab’s scientists themselves.


Musically this work is inspired by the contributions of Masson and Delecluse, while at the same time humbly trying to give respect to the likes of Pratt and Wilcoxon

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Posted By : jodi    Date Posted: 07 September 2013 06:42:26 PM
A challenging piece, to be sure, but to an audience, it would likely make about as much sense as Small Particle Physics.
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