The 23 Enigma - Open Class

Starting at:


Customize & Purchase

Audio Preview

The 23 Enigma - Open Class Winter Percussion by SixtoFiveProductions


  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Total votes: 0

Battery Difficulty


Front Ensemble Difficulty


Contact us to inquire about show availability and regional protection

The 23 Enigma is currently unavailable in the following circuits for the 2018 competitive season:

- Texas Educational Colorguard Association (TECA)

- South Valley Winter Arts Association (SVWAA)

- Fresno Regional (WGI)

- West Power Regional (WGI)


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)


  1. Customize this show!

  2. See the score's instrumentation and technical notes here. Need to modify this arrangement? Tell us what you need!

  3. Select "Rearrangement Services". Let us know what you'd like and how many staves you'd like changed, and we'll create a custom arrangement for your ensemble.

    You can also add custom drill and prop design services!

  4. Still have questions? Click here and send us a message!