Medium Quartet for Tom-Toms
by Walker Martz
Instrumentation: 4 tom-toms (high to low)
Arrhythmia by Walker Martz is a fun and energetic percussion quartet for middle school and high school level percussionists playing four pitched toms. The piece features hocket melodies between the performers that was inspired by split marching bass drum parts. A steady eighth-note rim pattern helps students keep their place in the hocket melodies. This is an excellent stepping stone for musicians wanting to play marching bass drum.
Performers are encouraged to get creative with visuals throughout the piece. There are a number of opportunities to insert body motions to crescendos and decrescendos, spins or other exciting visuals during a four-bar drum switching section, or a quirky stick drop after the last note.
Arrhythmia can also be adapted for eight players by doubling each part.
Arrhythmia ships as a printed, professionally bound score and includes individual parts in PDF format for printing or tablet viewing.