|Price: $1,800||Duration: 6:50|
|Wind Difficulty: Grade 4|
|Percussion Difficulty: Int/Adv and Beg/Int versions|
We pride ourselves in being able to take what is normally a “cliché” idea for marching band and put a completely new spin on it. “The Gambler” explores the four different suits both visually and musically through a contemporary and modern lens. Each reinterpretation of the suit image is influenced by the style of the music within each movement.
Clubs – is represented by the use of Earthy, tribal rhythms, and large pounding drums. The visual imagery of large mallets hitting membrane instruments is an explored motif. Spades – uses metal sounds, sharp/angular movement, long spears, and is very combative. This is a high-energy movement culminating in a percussion feature that ends with a massive battle sequence portrayed with the wind players holding a long spear prop (spade) in their hands. Hearts – is a poignant and moving ballad for the ensemble with possible couples pairing up visually here to represent the heart idea. Diamonds – This short segment culminates in a climax of visual/music “fireworks” so to speak as we bring the house down! Maybe everyone in the band has a highly reflective square on their uniform that remains covered until the closer, in addition to guard implements and extra props creating literal diamonds across the field.
This show was originally commissioned for the fall of 2014 and was released for the 2015 season.
PDF files for all movements including full scores, drill scores, battery scores and all individual parts
MP3 recordings for full ensemble, click tracks and battery percussion only
New system with individual wav files for the provided samples
Count Sheets for each Movement in Excel file format
Personal web page with a username and password to access all your unit's information
Now offering Winds only XML files for groups interested in using Smart Music. Please request if interested