Medium-Easy Concert Percussion
by Brian Slawson
Instrumentation: Glockenspiel, Chimes, Xylophone, Vibraphone, 2 marimbas — (1) 4-octave, (1) low A, Drumset
Pelican by Brian Slawson is a quirky percussion ensemble perfect for younger players. The piece is a riff on the standard pop-tune style with predictable phrasing, grooves, and melodies. The piece largely contains basic rhythms and syncopation and is centered in the key of C major – an excellent canvas for teaching. Throughout the piece, Slawson infuses a few accidentals for a brief challenge. In the back end of the work, a key signature change will keep students on their toes. Pelican is a wonderful piece to program for young students in their first percussion ensemble setting.
Pelican ships as a printed, professionally bound score and includes individual parts in PDF format for printing or tablet viewing.