Feature a student soloist or bring in a pro for this rockin' fun vibraphone feature for percussion ensemble. The vibe part includes a written-out solo, but the performer is encouraged to follow the basic 12-bar blues chord progression and burn up the bars!
Genre: Solo Vibraphone with Percussion Ensemble | # of Players: 8-9 Level: Medium | Duration: 3:00
Instrumentation Solo Vibraphone Bells Xylophone Vibraphone Marimba 1 (4-octave) Marimba 2 (5-octave) Drum Set Auxiliary Percussion (Congas, Cowbell)
Program Notes Written for the opening concert of the 7th Annual Northeast Kansas Total Percussion Camp at Washburn, University, The Happy Camper Blues is a rock n’ roll style blues in B-flat that features the vibes. A written-out vibraphone solo is included but the player should feel to improvise. The drum set part is also written out, but it is only a suggestion and the player should embellish as needed. The bass part can be played on a 5-octave marimba or on electric bass guitar. The solo section could be opened up to allow other soloists to perform if desired. This fun tune should be played with a lot of energy and with a strong groove. Have fun and be happy!