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Piece Title : Wigged Out
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Composer / Arranger : Gusseck, Murray
Composer / Arranger Details: Murray Gusseck is considered an innovator in the world of marching percussion. He started his drum corps career as a marching member of the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps in 1988 and later went on to instruct the group in a variety of capacities. In the 18 years he was a part of the SCV organization, he received many accolades as a player, teacher, and composer.

Gusseck attended San Jose State University, studying with Dan Sabanovich, Hafez Modirzadeh, Royal Hartigan, and C.K. Ladzekpo. In the drum corps realm, he was mentored by some of the greats—Ralph Hardimon, Glen Crosby, Scott Johnson, Curt Moore, and Robert Chavira. Gusseck also shared the field as a marching member with Jim Casella, Jeff Queen, Colin McNutt, Nick Angelis, and many other now household names.

Gusseck is known for a unique compositional style, a signature sound, and a propensity for achieving a smooth, drumset-oriented approach to the marching percussion genre. He also helped start a trend of drum line “parking lot” shows by writing many challenging etudes for the battery ensemble to play during their pre-show warm-up routines. The music for these parking lot etudes became widely sought after and subsequently became part of the fuel for the next chapter in Gusseck’s career.

In 1998, together with friend and SCV-partner-in-crime Jim Casella, Gusseck co-founded Tapspace Publications, a percussion sheet music publisher. With humble beginnings, the company went from being a marching percussion side project based on the marching compositions of its two founders to a real force in the world of percussion music.

Gusseck is a signature artist for Vic Firth, the maker of his signature marching sticks (nicknamed “M-Dawgs”). He has presented clinics across America as well as in Japan, Thailand, and Singapore. He currently lives in the Pacific Northwest where he manages Tapspace and plays drums locally in his spare time.
Total Number of Percussionists Required :10+ Percussionist(s)
Categories : Mixed Chamber Ensemble
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Instrumentation : 4 1/3 Octave Marimba (Low A) (x2) / Bass Guitar / Chimes / Congas (Set of) / Drum Kit / Flute / French Horn / Glockenspiel / Piano / Timbales / Trombone / Trumpet (x2) / Tuba / Various Cymbals / Vibraphone (x2) / Windchimes / Xylophone
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Publisher :Tapspace Publications
Publishers Website :www.tapspace.com
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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 :2014 / 
Duration :7Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :4
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :In 1998, a somewhat underground jazz record was released by Los Angeles-based pianist and composer Randy Waldman. Word quickly spread about the album which featured a trio consisting of Waldman and monster musicians John Patitucci and Vinnie Colaiuta playing unique jazz arrangements of classical greats like Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee . Waldman’s arrangements are full of life and love for the original classics, and his playing is just flat-out insanely good. Matched by Patitucci and Colaiuta, and joined by guest soloists like Arturo Sandoval, Michael Brecker, Bob Berg, and others, this little underground record soon became a hot topic in musician circles.

The title of the album, Wigged Out, was perhaps a double entendre. On one hand, the centerpiece of the album seems to be the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s famous fifth symphony arranged as a salsa chart. Certainly Ludwig would have wigged out about that! On the other hand, the album cover depicts Waldman standing amidst stone busts of famous composers with powdered wigs.

When I first heard Wigged Out over 15 years ago, I immediately began to imagine how much fun these arrangements would be for a percussion group. At the time I was teaching and writing for Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, California, and so I quickly decided that four pieces from the album would be the subject of our winter concert percussion show one year. Armed only with youthful ignorance and a CD player with excellent review/cue tracking, I set out to adapt Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies, Ride of the Valkyries, Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, and Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring . These four arrangements are designed to work well together but may also be performed individually if it pleases the concert programming gods.

All these years later, after some gentle nudges from friends and with a fresh coat of musical paint, I’m happy to officially release these adaptations. Enjoy!
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