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One Small Step - A Class Winter Percussion Show by SixtoFiveProductions


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 It was one giant leap for mankind when Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon's surface for the first time on July 20, 1969.  It was an incredible milestone in space exploration as well as a monumental victory for the United States.  One Small Step draws on the inspiration of the many Apollo missions to the moon.  The training, space shuttle launch, the awe and wonder of space, space-shuttle troubles, and the eventual "first step" are showcased in this theatrical production.  

The opener begins with a short introduction featuring clips of John F. Kennedy's "Moon Speech" at Rice Stadium in 1962.  After those statements, we feature the drumline going through training simulations.  The Opener concludes with a launch sequence as the astronauts blast-off into space.  The Ballad represents the majesty and awe of space travel.  Including authentic public domain space sounds from NASA's audio archive as well as electronic vocal samples, the ballad is sure to give you chills and immerse you in the weightless wonder of traveling in space.  Just as the mood sets from the beautiful ballad moment, the closer begins with an explosion in the main cabin of the ship!  The final movement takes you on a harrowing journey as the astronauts frantically try to fix the ship and maintain their course to the moon.  Will they perish in the debris, or will they persevere and accomplish their mission?

One Small Step was commissioned by the East-Syracuse Minoa Indoor Percussion Ensemble for their 2015 season.  That year, the ensemble received its highest Scholastic A placement and score in the school's history at the New York State Percussion Circuit Championships.  


Total Performance Time:  4:29
Tempo Range (in BPM): 70, 112, 120, 128, 144, 164, 168, 186 (briefly)


Vibes 1, 2, 3
Xylophone/Chimes (One Player)
Marimbas 1, 2, 3, 4
Synthesizers 1, 2
Auxiliary Percussion 1, 2, 3
Sampler Part

Tenors (5 drums)
5 Bass Drums (4 bass drum part is available upon request)

The front ensemble book is holistically an A-Class book, but with some more advanced moments in the marimba book (explained, in detail, below)

- The vibraphone book contains the following skill-sets:

  • The vibraphones 1 and 2 parts contain 4 mallet quadruple stop chord work with some inner-mallet runs 
  • The vibraphone 3 part is much simpler and contains only 2 mallet parts throughout, with the exception of one short phrase where 3 mallets might be necessary.  Feel free to exchange parts as needed for the difficulty of the group or contact us if you have any further questions

- The marimba book requires the following skill-sets:

  • Extended two mallet phrases containing 16th notes at 144BPM
  • Inner Mallet 16th note double strokes at 128BPM
  • 16th note 3,2,4,1 permutations at 128BPM
  • Several phrases utilizing triplet based 4-mallet permutations at 120BPM
  • blocked chords and other double vertical techniques throughout
  • short 16th note runs with inner-mallets (2 beats maximum) at 164BPM

The Synthesizer parts contain fairly basic patches throughout the show, including: 

  • Choir 'oo' patch
  • Choir 'ahh' patch
  • Organ Patch
  • Lead Synth Patch
  • Electronic Bell Patch
  • Electric Guitar Patch
  • Eerie Droning Synth Patch
  • Soft Strings Patch

A sampler or some other way trigger samples is REQUIRED throughout the show.  It is recommended that this be peformed by one player as notated in the score.  This can either be done through a sampler like a Roland SPD-S, Yamaha DTX, or other similar sample drum pad.  It is also possible to trigger samples via a computer. utilizing free sampler programs.  The audio samples are included in the download package after purchasing.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us to help you.  

The auxiliary percussion parts are generally on the easier side with many of the percussion instruments providing a groove throughout the show.  Each part is in order of difficulty with the Aux 1 part handling a lot of the more advanced orchestral percussion (concert snare, etc.) and the Aux 3 part handling a lot of impact moments throughout the show.

The battery book contains holistically A-Class vocabulary with some more Intermediate skill-sets in the snare voice:

- The snare book contains the following skill-sets and techniques:

  • 16th note paradiddle, and paradiddle-diddle patterns at 144BPM and 164BPM
  • Paradiddle-diddle sextuplets at 128BPM
  • Two-height triplet roll patterns at 144BPM and 164BPM
  • Several crescendo/diminuendo triplet roll patterns at 144BPM
  • One instance of a non-tuplet "puh-di-duh" pattern preceeded by triplets
  • Stick shots and buzz presses

- The Tenor book contains some of the same skill-sets and techniques as the snare book with the following included:

  • 16th note puh-di-duh patterns at 128BPM
  • Use of Brushes
  • Cross-over double stop patterns on drums 3 and 4

- The bass drum book contains the following techniques:

  • 8th note, 16th note, and sextuplet splits at 144BPM, 164BPM, 168BPM
  • Syncopated unison patterns
  • 1 beat triplet splits (ie - 111, 222, 333, 444) and 16th note Splits (1111, 2222, 3333)

- The Cymbal part contains the following techniques (unison and split):

  • Crashes
  • Sizzles
  • Crash Chokes
  • Tap Chokes
  • Taps
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