The Gambler

» marching-band-int-adv » Music-Driven
Price: $1,800 Duration: 6:50
Wind Difficulty: Grade 4
Percussion Difficulty: Int/Adv, 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!


    A deck of cards, a game of chance... The Gambler explores the four different suits both visually and musically through a contemporary lens. Each interpretation of the suit image: clubs, spades, hearts, and diamonds, 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” 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 score 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
  • Bass 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 including Wind Scores, Percussion Scores, Drill Scores (Winds + Battery) and all Individual Parts

  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 Login Page with a username and password to access all your unit's show files

  Sibelius or XML files can be provided for an additional fee. Inquire for more information

  NEW! MainStage files will be available for this show

Stay other logo copy min  NEW! Complimentary uniform, printed flags/props consultation from Stay Other

Original Performance Video for Reference: