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Piece Title : Surfboard
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Composer / Arranger : Jobim, Antonio Carlos; arr. 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 :8 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Percussion Ensemble / Percussion Education
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Instrumentation : 4 1/3 Octave Marimba (Low A) / Claves / Cow Bell (x2) / Crash Cymbal / Glockenspiel / Hi-Hats / Large Size Tom / Ride Cymbal / Small Size Tom / Snare Drum / Tambourine / Timpani (Set of) / Vibraphone / Whistle / Xylophone
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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 :2015 / 
Duration :3Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :"Surfboard" was written during the bossa nova explosion of the 1960s by Antonio Carlos Jobim, the world-renowned Brazilian composer and piano player. Jobim happened to be in Los Angeles making a record when he was taken by a friend to the nearby Malibu Surfrider Beach. He was so inspired by the scene there that he bought a surfboard to take back to Brazil as a present for his son. This instrumental number was presumably written shortly thereafter. It has since been re-recorded by many different artists, including Sergio Mendes (with and Stereolab (with Herbie Mann). In this adaptation for intermediate to younger percussion ensembles, Murray Gusseck lays the groundwork for players to focus on the polyrhythmic “four over three" aspect of the melody while not requiring technique beyond 2-mallets. That, along with the tune’s overall chromatic nature, make it a good etude for less-experienced players as they learn to navigate the white and black keys while rhythmically playing over the barlines. Basic samba rhythms and a clever meter change before the recapitulation make for a catchy, groovy, memorable piece for percussion ensemble!
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