The Gambler

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Price: $1,200 Duration: 5:05
Difficulty: Mid A Class
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Mvt 1 - Ensemble

Mvt 2 - Ensemble

Mvt 3 - Ensemble


    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 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 floor.
       This show was originally commissioned for the fall of 2014 and was released for the 2015 season.  This is a custom version adapted for indoor percussion.

       This show has never been a WGI finalist. There is a consultation option that is available if interested in taking this show to WGI championships. Inquire at time of purchase.



  • Snare
  • Tenor
  • 4 & 5 Bass Drums
  • Cymbals
  • 3 Marimbas
  • Xylophone/Crotales
  • Bells
  • 3 Vibes
  • 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: