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Percussionist's Equipment Requirements

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Required Mallets & Sticks for Snare, Timpani, Marimba, Xylophone, and Bells

You must have in your stick bag for carrying all of your sticks in order to be successful in the high school Band.

What you need:

Minimum required equipment for 9th graders: 

  1. Vic Firth M3 Medium mushroom head mallets for playing marimba.
  2. Vic Firth T3 (staccato) malletsfor playing timpani
  3. Vic Firth SD1 (general) sticks for play snare drum 

***See below for percussion stick/mallet packages available to save money.

If you already the above add one or more of the below to be able to play more instruments in your section:

  1. Vic Firth M5 Medium rubber mallets. For playing xylophone and vibraphone
  2. Vic Firth M14 Soft poly 1 1/8" ball mallets for playing xylophone.
  3. Vic Firth M6 Hard phenolic 1" ball mallets for playing bells.
  4. Chromatic pitch pipe for tuning the timpani

These products can be viewed at: http://www.vicfirth.com

Where to purchase these items:

These items can be purchased at any reputable music retailer. Here are some suggestions:

Diefes and Mikolajeski (D&M) - 845-635-1120 or 800-832-8981. Every Friday throughout the school year D&M makes deliveries to our school! Very convenient!

Alto Music - Carpenter Rd, Middletown (right near the OC fairgrounds), 692- 6922. Excellent prices!

Steve Weiss Music http://www.steveweissmusic.com 215-659-0100
They happen to be one of the biggest and most well known percussion suppliers in the country. Everyone on staff is an expert in the field of percussion. They can answer any question you may have. You may purchase these items separately or get the following package they have available:

EP2 Intermediate Educational Pack - stick kit - priced around $70.00
(includes- SD2, M3, M6 and T3) ß *ask if they will replace the
SD2 snare sticks with the SD1 general snare sticks.

You may use substitute quality manufactures if advised by a professional percussionist. Careful, not all music stores know quality percussion equipment. If you have any issues with purchasing these items please contact us.


PERCUSSION HOMEWORK

Vic Firth - Web Rhythms

PERCUSSION PAGE
PERCUSSIVE ARTS SOCIETY
COOL PERCUSSION PERFORMANCE VIDEOS:

Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists & Orchestra (part 1)

"March" from 8 Pieces for Timpani (Elliot Carter)

Modelagem X-A - de Edson Zampronha

Carlos Stasi - Canção Simples de Tambor
Kraft Timpani Concerto - end of 3rd movement

Speed Note Reading Tutor

40 Essential Snare Drum Rudiments

Mark Wessels: Rudimental Technique

40 Snare Drum Rudiments - printable PDF

Jeff Queen
In this collection of video lessons, Jeff will introduce many of the exercises included in his new book THE NEXT LEVEL: RUDIMENTAL SNARE DRUM TECHNIQUES.

Tom Gauger: Concert Bass Drum Lessons
In this lesson series, Tom breaks down a few of the basic skills necessary for playing the concert bass drum including playing position, beating area, dampening techniques and tuning.

Giff Howarth: 4-Mallet Cyber Lessons
In this series of video lessons, Vic Firth signature artist Gifford Howarth will detail each step along the road to developing command and control over 4 mallet keyboard percussion technique.

TMEA ALL STATE AUDITION ETUDES: Michael Varner

How Sticks Are Made
For over 40 years, Vic Firth Inc. has produced the finest drumsticks and mallets available. Innovative design coupled with uncompromising quality control truly provide our customers with the "Perfect Pair".

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