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The 23 Enigma - Open Class Winter Percussion by SixtoFiveProductions


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The number 23.  Shrouded in mystery, one can link a multitude of natural phenomona as well as significant historical moments to the number: 

  • The earth's axis tilts at a 23.5 degree angle (2+3 = 5)
  • Julius Caesar was stabbed 23 times
  • Blood circulates the human body every 23 seconds
  • 2 divided by 3 is .666, the sign of the devil
  • Each parent contributes 23 chromosomes to the birth of a child

Musically, the show utilizes this concept in a multitude of ways.  Starting the show with a front ostinato using groupings of 2 8th notes and 3 8th notes, the battery then adds to this by utilizing accent groupings of 2 and 3, 2 against 3 patterns, rattamacues (diddle plus triplet single stroke), 8th notes into triplets, and many other musical motives.  The front ensemble is featured in the ballad movement by utilizing 2 mallets in their right hand and 3 mallets in their left hand!  

From a sound design standpoint there are numerous voice overs that offer explanation into the phenomenon.  As the show continues and the members become more obsessed with the number, some of the darker facts bubble to the surface.  These include a recitation of psalm 23 (As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death...), as well as some subtley layered speeches and interviews from Adolph Hitler (attempted coup in 1923 started his rise to power), Charles Manson (born November 12, 11+12 = 23), and David Koresh of the famous Branch Davidian cult (Their compound in Waco was seiged on April 19, 4+19 = 23).  The show ends aggressively with the members eventually going insane from their obsession with the number. 

This show offers great opportunity for the students to become invested in the concept, often doing research on their own, which will provide a better performance of the product.  Secure your copy today!  

Vibes 1

Vibes 2

Vibes 3/Glockenspiel (1 Player)

Marimba 1, 2, 3, 4



Electric Bass (Acoustic Guitar in segment 2)


Auxiliary Percussion 1, 2

Snare Drums

Tenor Drums (2 shot drum configuration)

5 Bass Drums (4 bass part available upon request)


Vibes (1&2):  

-16th note double strokes (168 bpm)

-16 note runs with two mallets (180 bpm)

-16th note and 8th note triplet runs with inner mallets (168 bpm)

-16th note triplet runs (100 bpm)

-8th note permutations (200 bpm)

-Moving block chords with four mallets

Vibes 3/Glockenspiel:

-Perform four mallet block chords on Vibraphone

-Octave double stops on Glockenspiel

-8th note triplet ostinati (133 bpm)


-Perform using 5 mallets (3 mallets in LH and 2 mallets RH)

-Perform independent ostinati in left and right hands with four mallets

-16th note and 8th note triplet inner mallet runs (168 bpm)

-16th note runs with two mallets (180 bpm)

-16th note triplet runs (100 bpm)

-8th note four mallet permutations (200 bpm)


-Ability to split patches between hands

-Ability to switch patches quickly

-Perform ostinato in LH and play melody in RH

Electric Bass:

-Ability to control volume while playing (volume pedal or strong control of picking hand)

-Ability to alternate between staccato and legato articulations quickly

-Ability to perform isolated “and” rhythms

Acoustic Guitar:

-Ability to pick 8th note string-skipping chord permutations (100 bpm)

-Ability to read lead sheet symbols or tabs


-Strong independence between all four limbs

-Perform one beat of 16th note double bass strokes (168 bpm)

-Perform Two up-Two down drum fill (16th’s at 168 bpm)

-Perform extended Four up-Two down drum fill (16th’s at 180 bpm)

-Perform 16th note triplets at 100 bpm in unison with keyboards

Percussion 1:

-Perform 16th notes with brushes at 168 bpm on various instruments (1 beat each)

-Perform 2:3 rhythm with 2 shakers

Percussion 2:

-Perform “and” rhythms while switching between Splash and China cymbals

-Perform ostinati with Shaker

-Perform 32nd note doubles (200 bpm)

-Perform 32nd note single strokes and 16th note flam taps at 100 bpm on concert snare drum

-Perform 16th note paraddiddlediddles at 180 bpm on concert snare drum



-Perform following rudiments (168 bpm)

-16th note doubles

-Paradiddles and paradiddle variations

-Triplet Rolls

-16th note single strokes

-Flam Taps

-Swiss Triplets

As well as the following rudiments (200 bpm):

-16th note doubles

-8th note triplet and 16th note paradiddles

-16th note 2:3 rhythms (168 and 200 bpm)

-Perform using different implements in RH and LH (Dreadlocks and Chalk Clave respectively)

-8th note quintuplet rolls (200 bpm)


All of the snare vocabulary from above, but adding:

-16th note triple strokes (168 bpm)

-Crossed-over 16th notes (168 bpm)

-16th note scrape patterns (168 bpm)

Extended quad solo at 133 bpm consists of:

-Triplet-based tap drags, 5 stroke rolls, hertas, flam taps, 16th note scrape patterns, and extended rolls.


-8th note based 2’s and 3’s splits (168 bpm and 200 bpm)

-16th note upbeats (basses 2 and 4) (168 bpm and 200 bpm)


-Split 16th note patterns (168 and 180 bpm)

-Split 8th note triplet patterns (180 bpm)

-Double stroke taps (180 bpm)

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