Traditional / arr. Jason Baker
Instrumentation: Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Marimba—low A*, Snare drum
Note: These pieces are also playable as a snare drum solo using audo accompaniment tracks (included). If choosing to perform them in this mannor, a playback device and amplification system will be required.
Veteran composer Jason Baker has a passion for 18th and 19th century American fife and drum music that is well represented in Old Tyme Muster. Inspired by medleys of tunes that are often performed by fife and drum corps at annual “muster” gatherings throughout the summer, this fun and historically significant collection is scored for snare drum soloist and mallet quintet. The three pieces contained within are creative combinations of tunes that date all the way back to the 1800s. Ironically, the snare drum writing is not soloistic in nature, acting almost exclusively as accompaniment to the keyboard percussion.
Old Tyme Muster comes as a full, bound score and includes a CD-ROM containing an audio recording and all individual parts available for printing. The CD-ROM also includes optional solo audio accompaniment tracks (minus snare drum) allowing the snare drummer to perform the pieces without mallet players. This makes for a great option for recitals, juries, lessons, or even as a morning warm-up!