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Nightmare - Marching Band by SixtoFiveProductions


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After a long day at school, a young child gets tucked into bed, not knowing the terror that awaits.  Follow this innocent child through a terrifying journey as Six to Five Productions presents:  Nightmare.  Utilizing popular orchestral classics from Johannes Brahms, Modest Musorgsky, Hector Berlioz, Camille St. Saens, and Giuseppe Verdi; Nightmare is sure to set your ensemble up for success in the competitive arena.  

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I. Night On Bald Mountain/Dream of a Witches Sabbath - Mussorgsky/Berlioz (2:15)

II. Aquarium - Camille St. Saens (2:06)

III. Dies Irae from Requiem/Lullaby - GiuseppeVerdi/Brahms (2:32)


Tempo Range (in BPM): 76 - 160, 168 (briefly at the end of Segment 4)


PiccoloGlock/Xylo (1 Player
Alto SaxMarimba 1, 2
Tenor SaxSynthesizer
Bar SaxTimpani
Trumpet 1, 2Percussion 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
TromboneTenors (5 drums)
BaritoneBass Drums (5 Drums)
Tuba             *4 Bass part available upon request


- Much use of dramatic ensemble dynamic contrast
- Some strong and dark intensity 
- Contrasting tempos for maximum effect
- Overall grade 4 with some moments in the grade 5 arena
- Many lyrical and punctuated contrasting moments


- Some featured and exposed articulate passages in cut time (128BPM)
- Flute and Clarinet eighth and 2 sixteenth-note articulations
- Momentary chromaticism at 160BPM
- All tessituras reasonable


- Some unison low brass articulate passages
- Several pronounced moments at forte and fortissimo
- Slurred eighth note and 2 sixteenth-note isolations in the mellophones
- All tessituras reasonable

- Sampler recommended (one sample is needed for the beginning of the show)
- 4 mallet double verticals and permutations in Marimba 1 part
- A crotale part is required in the Marimba 2 staff (alternative bell part)
- Marimba 2 part is much simpler, mostly with 2-mallet parts
- Triplet arpeggios required in marimba parts at 152BPM
- 16th-note diatonic runs in Marimba 1 part at 160BPM
- "Rake" technique in Chime part
- 5 Auxiliary percussion parts are written for this show.  Many of these parts can be consolidated if players are not available.  Contact Us if you have questions or need parts re-written

The battery percussion parts for this show contain vocabulary consistent with "open class" skill sets in the winter percussion activity.  A difficulty rating of 4 is assigned to the battery parts, but some of the concepts border on the 5 range.  Some example vocabulary is listed below:

- 16th based flam accent and flam-tap patterns in Snare and Tenor parts at 128BPM
- Sextuplet single strokes and puh-di-duh patterns (Rll) in snare and tenor part at 128BPM 
- 1 count of triplet hand to hand flams at 98BPM
- Paradiddles, Paradiddle-Diddles at 176BPM
- 16th-note sweeps and cross-over patterns in tenor part at 176BPM
- 8th-note "Cheese" rudiments at 176BPM
- Triplet-rolls in Snare and Tenor Part at 160BPM
- Non-Tuplet (9-let) Puh-di-duh patterns in Snare and Tenor Part at 160BPM
- 1's, 2's, and 3's patterns in Bass Drum parts at 176BPM
- Puffy Mallets required for the tenor and bass drum parts

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