WEST AFRICAN DRUM ENSEMBLES

Posted By : jimscheuer
Piece Title : West African Drum Ensembles
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Composer / Arranger : Scheuer, Jim
Composer / Arranger Details: Jim Scheuer is a Wisconsin public school instrumental teacher. A native of Mishicot, Wisconsin, and a graduate of the Lawrence Conservatory of Music, he has taught band in the School District of Owen-Withee since 1980. As the only band director in a small school district, he is responsible for the district s entire band program from sixth-grade beginners through high school. He has served as an adjudicator and clinician for the Wisconsin School Music Association since 1982, and has served on the staff of both the Wisconsin State Honors Band and the Honors Orchestra. In 1992, he was named Teacher of the Year for the Owen-Withee Junior and Senior High School In 2001, Scheuer was selected as a Kohl Teacher Fellowship recipient in the state of Wisconsin, in recognition of educational excellence and innovation. In 2012 he was elected President-Elect of the Wisconsin Music Educators Association, and will hold the office of WMEA President for 2014-2016.
Total Number of Percussionists Required :10+ Percussionist(s)
Categories : World Percussion / Percussion Ensemble / Percussion Education
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Written for / Commissioned by : Owen-Withee High School
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Publisher :Alliance Publications, Inc.
Publishers Website :http://apimusic.org
Publisher Details : We publish quality music with interest, charm and challenge for musical growth and expression for school/church musicians as well as folks interested in discriminating Czechoslovak culture. ALLIANCE PUBLICATIONS, INC. lists over 1,000 compositions involving over 200 composers in its catalog. API has 3 focuses: the publication of educational / professional music, liturgical music, and Czechoslovak classical and folk music and recordings. API distributes to retailers and wholesalers in the USA and the Czech Republic, retails by direct mail and exhibits at various music conventions across America.
Year Composed / Copyright Date :2001 / 
Duration :5Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :Various
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Sheet Music Available From :www.apimusic.org      Check to see if in stock
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Based on authentic West African music from Ghana, these are open-form pieces that call for individual players to create their own rhythmic variations and allow for improvised solos and call-and-response interaction with a lead drummer. The works have been adapted to provide a legitimate World music experience to students who have received typical school music training in instrumental music programs, and to be playable in schools that may not have access to authentic instruments. With experimentation, you should be able to perform these pieces with instruments you already have and a little bit of scavenging for some readily available materials in your school woodshop or your kitchen. Instructions for building and adapting instruments for an authentic African sound are provided.

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Posted By : jimscheuer    Date Posted: 12 January 2013 01:47:39 PM
"West African Drum Ensembles" was reviewed by John Beck in the June 2002 issue of Percussive Notes magazine. Percussive Arts Society members can view the review on page 75 of that issue, available online at: http://www.pas.org/publications/publicationarchives/PercussiveNotesArchives/June2002PercussiveNotes.aspx
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