Turbulence is an educational piece that is written with the developing percussionist in mind. It’s fun, fast-paced, and a perfect way to engage young percussionists, introduce them to new performance techniques, and grow their playing independence through percussion ensemble literature.
Genre: Percussion Ensemble | # of Players: 7
Level: Medium Easy | Duration: 2:15
Percussion 1: Concert Bass Drum, Marimba (4-octave)
Percussion 2: Chimes, Vibraphone, Suspended Cymbal
Percussion 3: Snare Drum, Mark Tree
Percussion 4: 2 Concert Toms
Percussion 5: Hi-Hat, Ride Cymbal
Percussion 6: Suspended Cymbal [shared w/ Perc. 7], China Cymbal, Claves
Percussion 7: Tam-Tam, Suspended Cymbal [shared w/ Perc. 6]
Finding the right piece of music for middle school percussion ensembles can be a challenge. Turbulence was written to satisfy that need. It is written for seven performers with slightly different skillsets, using commonly accessible percussion instruments. This piece is dedicated to all of my middle school students past, present, and future that have or will navigate the daily turbulence of life as a middle school student.