Puppet Master

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Price: $1,300 Duration: 6:00
Difficulty: Mid to High Open Class
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Audio Files

Mvt 1 - Ensemble

Mvt 2 - Ensemble

Mvt 3 - Ensemble


      This show creates a fantasy universe where the performers are the puppets that are brought to life and manipulated by the Puppet Master. Using music from Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Sens, the intro sets the mood for the puppets to slowly come to life one at a time. The classical playfulness of the music lends itself to the visual characterizations of the ensemble that will make this show be so much more than just a “drum show.” The next segment is the manipulation section of the show which has a lot of character and lends itself to many different visual ideas to coincide with the audio. Mvt 2 starts with a solo performer, as if the Puppet Master is showing off his artistic virtuosity, slowly adding in more performers mimicking thework of the soloist.
       The main idea in the beginning of Mvt 3 is that everyone will have elastic they can attach to their feet and up to their hands to do some impactful, unison GE movement! This will be the big crowd moment everyone will be talking about. The last section is a high-energy hype ending, with concept-moments interjected to maintain continuity. The show ends with all the strings getting cut and the entire ensemble dramatically dropping to the floor.
     This show was originally commissioned for Chino Hills HS for the fall of 2014 and was released for the 2016 season. "Puppet Master" was a WGI A Class finalist with Foothill HS in 2016. This is a custom version adapted for indoor percussion.



  • Snare
  • Tenor
  • 4 & 5 Bass Drums
  • Cymbals
  • 3 Marimbas
  • Xylophone/Crotales
  • Chimes/Bells
  • 3 Vibes
  • Timpani
  • 2 Synthesizers
  • Drum Set
  • 2 Aux. Percussion

Multiple Versions:

  • Not sure which version fits you best?
  • Reserve both for no additional cost!
  • You can get the A class version free of charge when purchasing the Open class show, just request when confirming the show.

What You Get:

 PDF files for all movements including full scores, battery scores and all individual parts

Note: we do not provide the notation files for the music in an effort to protect the music

 MP3 recordings for the full ensemble, click tracks and battery percussion only

 Samples/sound effects in individual .wav files 

 Count Sheets for each Movement in Excel file format

 Personal web page with a username and password to access all your unit's show files

Original Performance Video for Reference: