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Rise And Fall - A-class indoor percussion show by SixtoFiveProductions


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This show is currently unavailable for the 2022 season in the following circuits:

- Tournament Indoor Association (TIA)


Originally written for Open Class; this A class version of the show is great for beginning ensembles looking to get their feet wet in indoor percussion competition.  

With an exceptionally straightforward concept, this show will certainly set up any ensemble for competitive success.  The concept is realized using a mixture of visual and musical representations of the Rise and Fall theme.  

The show begins with all the battery performers on the ground.  During an accelerando drumset solo the members slowly rise up off the floor and grab their instruments.  Throughout the first segment, there are many musical interpretations of the theme, including crescendo/diminuendo passages as well as rising and falling melodic material.  Battery segment solos are marked with a plethora of rising and falling crescendo/diminuendo phrases.  The second segment features the front ensemble members where the main focus is utilizing rising and falling tempos to express the theme.  Throughout the segment battery members are breathing in and breathing out, and physically rising and falling to drive home the visual aspect.  The closing segment features a great deal of imaginative general effect moments.  Some notable moments include a snare feature with a Shephard's tone sample (A shephard's tone is an aural illusion that sounds like it's constantly rising), a cymbal toss (what goes up must come down), as well as duet between the bass drums and a group of performers playing talking drums (African drums that allow the player to bend the pitch).  

Rise and Fall was commissioned by the Notre Dame Indoor Percussion Ensemble for their 2015 season.  The Ensemble received a gold medal in the Ohio Indoor Performance Association's State Championships as well as a fourth place finish in their round during the WGI Open Class Preliminary Competition.  


Total Performance Time:  4:40
Tempo Range (in BPM): 80, 98, 116, 144, 172, 180 (Accelerando and Decellerando)


Vibes 1, 2
Marimbas 1, 2
Bass Guitar
Drum Set
Auxiliary Percussion 1, 2
Tenors (5 drums)
5 Bass Drums (4 bass drum part is available upon request)
The front ensemble book is a basic A-Class book, perfect for developing musicians (but also has opportunities to be "beefed up").   The ballad also contains accelerando and decellerando phrases that require ensemble listening.
- The vibraphone book contains the following skill-sets:
  • Both vibraphone parts contain only 2 mallet parts focusing mainly on longer melodic patterns and 8th notes at its fastest 
- The marimba book requires the following skill-sets:
  • Extended 16th note passages at 116BPM
  • One phrase requiring holding two mallets in the left hand (double vertical strokes only)
  • Accelerando 8th notes from 88-168BPM as well as 144-200BPM

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

  • Piano Patch
  • Choir 'ahh' patch
  • Rock Organ Patch
  • Heavy Lead Synth Patch
  • Filter Sweep Pad
  • String Patch
  • Optional Bass Guitar Patch (If no bass guitar is available)
A sampler or some other way to trigger samples is REQUIRED throughout the show.  The part is utilized in the Percussion 1 part as well as the synthesizer part. 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.  
A proficient drumset player is required for this show, especially given the very exposed drumset solo at the beginning.  
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 2 part handling a lot of impact moments throughout the show.
The battery book contains holistically A-Class vocabulary.  The Snare part utilizes talking drums or some other similar drum capable of pitch bending for an effect in the closer :
- The snare book contains the following skill-sets and techniques:
  • 16th note paradiddle, and paradiddle-diddle patterns at 172BPM and 180BPM
  • 8th note based rolls at 172BPM and 180BPM
  • Stick shots and buzz presses
  • Some 8th note syncopation throughout
- The Tenor book contains some of the same skill-sets and techniques as the snare book with the following included:
  • Some cross-over paradiddle patterns at 172BPM and 180BPM
  • Some Right Hand 16th note sweeps at 172BPM and 180BPM
  • Cross-over double stop patterns on drums 3 and 4
- The bass drum book contains the following techniques:
  • 8th note, 16th note splits at 172BPM and 180BPM
  • sextuplet splits at 116BPM
  • Syncopated unison patterns at 116BPM, 172BPM and 180BPM
- The Cymbal part contains the following techniques (unison and split):
  • Crashes
  • Sizzles
  • Crash Chokes
  • Tap Chokes
  • Taps
  • Siz/suc (disco)
  • Body Taps
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