Sound Percussion Ensembles (Timpani)

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Dave Black & Chris Bernotas


Arrangements and Original Selections in a Variety of Styles

General Info

Publisher: Alfred Music
Level: Intermediate
Series: SOUND INNOVATION: Sound Percussion


Sound Percussion Ensembles by Dave Black and Chris Bernotas contains 11 arrangements and two original pieces at the intermediate level designed to give your percussion students a valuable group performance experience. It synthesizes skills taught in Sound Percussion and can be used as a supplement to any percussion method, or independently as stand-alone performance music. Playing in a group as a percussion ensemble will help your students develop independence and rhythmic stability, while offering a fun incentive to practice with friends. This book features a variety of music styles such as holiday, patriotic, multicultural, processional, classical, and original repertoire that can be used for performances throughout the entire school year. Each piece contains a Sound Advice section, providing helpful performance tips for your students on preparing for each work, executing the technique with excellence, and helping them understand notation.

Song List

  • Trumpet Tune
  • Funeral March / March of the Marionette
  • Jingle Bells / Parade of the Wooden Soldiers
  • Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah
  • Joy to the World / Deck the Halls
  • Chester / Battle Hymn of the Republic
  • España Cañi (Spanish Paso Doble)
  • Mama Paquita (Brazilian Folk Song)
  • Sakura/Arirang (Traditional Japanese / Korean Folk Song)
  • The Entertainer
  • Pomp and Circumstance
  • Mission Possible
  • Gears



Performance Note

  • Help students select appropriate mallets for the style of each selection. Experiment to find which mallets sound best.
  • Because some performance music students encounter may not include "let ring" ties, encourage them to use their musical judgment as to when to dampen or not.
  • Advise students to exaggerate their dynamics and accents to help convey the emotion of the music
  • Encourage students to listen critically as they rehearse and perform their music. They should listen for the tone they are producing on each instrument, as well as how their part fits into the overall ensemble rhythmically and musically.[1]

Additional Resources

Sound Percussion Ensembles (Teacher Score)
Sound Percussion Ensembles (Snare Drum and Bass Drum)
Sound Percussion Ensembles (Mallet Percussion)
Sound Percussion Ensembles (Accessory Percussion)