The Gambler

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Price: $1,800 Duration: 6:50
Wind Difficulty: Grade 4
Percussion Difficulty: Int/Adv and Beg/Int versions
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Int/Adv Percussion version

Mvt 1 - Ensemble

Mvt 2 - Ensemble

Mvt 3 - Ensemble

Beg/Int Percussion version

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Mvt 1 - Ensemble

Mvt 2 - Ensemble

Mvt 3 - Ensemble

Multiple Percussion Versions:

  • Not sure which version fits you best?
  • Reserve both for no additional cost!


       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. -Perusal scores are available upon request.



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

Full Winds:

  • Flute 1, 2
  • Clarinet 1, 2
  • Bass Clarinet
  • Alto Sax 1, 2
  • Tenor Sax
  • Baritone Sax
  • Trumpet 1, 2, 3
  • Mellophone 1, 2
  • Trombone 1, 2
  • Baritone (B.C.& T.C. parts provided)
  • Tuba

Reduced Winds:

  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Alto Sax
  • Tenor Sax
  • Baritone Sax
  • Trumpet 1, 2
  • Mellophone
  • Trombone
  • Baritone (B.C.& T.C. parts provided)
  • Tuba


Simply pick and choose the parts you want from the above lists of Full and Reduced Winds! We will make your parts and scores specific to your group. If the parts you need are not on the above list, please inquire about additional custom options.

What You Get:

 PDF files for all movements including wind scores, percussion scores, drill scores (winds + battery), 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

  Now offering Winds only XML files for groups interested in using Smart Music, please request if interested

Original Performance Video for Reference: