Featured Compositon: G-Spot Tornado for Percussion Ensemble by Frank Zappa/arr. D. Wallace

Frank Zappa’s G-Spot Tornado comes from his 1986 album Jazz from Hell. This challenging arrangement, by Doug Wallace, is written for 8 percussionists (or 7 plus electric bass), and is an exciting work for any college percussion ensemble. One part requires serious rock drumming (a la Rouse’s Bonham) and the other parts are full of mallet percussion (marimba, glockenspiel, vibes) and accessories. G-Spot Tornado encapsulates all the rhythmic intensity, melodic imagination, and excitement of the Zappa band in a great percussion ensemble work. For more info on Frank Zappa and G-Spot Tornado, click HERE.

Featured Book: 6 Duets in a Rudimental Style by Joe Tompkins

Joe Tompkins’ 6 Duets in a Rudimental Style is a collection of snare and bass drum duos in a “funky fife and drum style.” Tompkins has an ever-expanding collection of rudimental snare solos and studies (including his popular Nine French-American Rudimental Solos), and his 6 Duets in a Rudimental Style will please any percussionist seeking more rudimental works. For more information, click HERE.

Featured Media: (DVD) Andrew Beall's Testament: Symphony for Marimba and Orchestra

This DVD features the 2004 world-premiere Andrew Beall’s Testament: Symphony for Marimba and Orchestra, performed by composer Beall as marimba soloist and the Tower Philharmonic in New York City. In addition to the concert, the DVD contains a variety of special features, including video of rehearsals and enlightening behind-the-scenes footage. Click HERE to watch clips from the concert footage. And, to purchase, click HERE.

Featured Composer/Arranger: Deane Prouty

Like many Bachovich Music Publications composer/percussionists, Deane Prouty has his foot in many areas of music. As classical percussionist, he has performed with a number of symphonies, including the American Symphony, the American Composers Orchestra, The American Ballet Theater, The Joffrey Ballet, and The Orchestra of St. Lukes. Deane has played on more than 20 shows in Broadway (Les Miserables, Spamalot, Hairspray, etc.) and spent seven years traveling with the national productions of Fiddler on the Roof, Music of the Night, West Side Story, Annie, and Beauty and the Beast. He is also an early music specialist and has performed on Baroque Timpani in Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Boston’s Symphony Hall and in other venues and early music festivals around the world. In addition, Deane has recorded for a number of record labels and has been the percussionist for Melissa Manchester, Nell Carter, Bernadette Peters, Joel Grey, Vic Damone, Tony Bennett, Jane Olivor, Bobby Day, The Coasters, and Robert Goulet. There is no doubt that Deane’s performance schedule is diverse.

Deane is also an innovative guy: he holds two patents of invention from the US government and is listed in the Who’s Who of American Inventors. And, his innovation carries into composition: Bachovich Music Publications publishes Deane’s arrangement of Gustav Holst’s The Planets for 2 Pianos and Percussion. The piano parts for the arrangement are the original piano scores (sold separately) that Holst wrote before orchestrating the full symphonic version. To accompany the two piano scores, Deane composed parts (for 2 players or an ensemble of percussionists) that include all of the original percussion parts from the orchestral version but also imitate the colors and timbres of the full orchestra. Thanks Deane, for this innovative work. For more info on this great arrangement, click HERE.