It is hard to believe that 20 years ago, Mark Ford, Director of Percussion at University of North Texas, released his CD Polaris. I remember listening to Polaris and Suite for Marimba as a student and unfortunately, the music for Suite was not available. Earlier this year, Mark Alan Taggart made the piece available as a free download on Mark Ford’s website. Check it out and add it to your next recital. As always, if you play the piece, be sure to send a program to Mark Alan Taggart. It is a great piece and more people need to hear it. Be the first one to put a recording on YouTube!
Have you ever needed the perfect mallet for that particular piece? There are so many mallets available from Innovative Percussion, Vic Firth, Mike Balter (and more manufacturers) the you can buy the exact mallet that you need. But what if you are on a budget and wanted to make some mallets? Before all of these great companies, this used to be the norm. I remember many nights in college trying to learn how to wrap mallets. There are many different techniques involved in wrapping mallets. I have compiled some of the best videos on YouTube regarding mallet wrapping. Go out there and wrap some mallets.
How to Make Marimba/Vibe Mallets – Sam Oss
Drummer Talk’s Guide to Wrapping Mallets – Dave Kropf
This recording is composed and performed by Patrick Long.
unBENt is the new solo for marimba and crotale by Chad Floyd. We have featured Chad’s music before on Percussion Education. This new piece is inspired by and dedicated to Ben Martin.
Written and performed by Chad Floyd on December 23, 2015. If you are interested in purchasing this piece, visit Chad’s website.
Vic Firth has always been on the leading edge of percussion education content. Their website includes educational resources including rudiments, drumset grooves, DCI play alongs, and more. Recently, they released their Marimba Literature Library. The goal of the resource is to create high quality videos of the “top 100” marimba solos. There are currently 10 videos on the site. Thanks to the Vic Firth team for creating this incredible resource.
In the past couple of days, Kevin Bobo has been posting some videos on YouTube. Kevin is on the faculty at Indiana University and these videos are unbelievable. Spend 30 minutes and watch them all. You will not be sorry. Bravo Kevin!