by Ross Bagdasarian, arr. Alan Keown
Instrumentation: Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Marimba (low A), 4 Timpani, Drums (4 concert toms, snare drum, bass drum), Cymbals & gongs (ride cymbal, hi-hat, opera gong), Accessoiries (cowbell, siren whistle, bulb horn, police whistle, slide whistle, duck call, vibraphone slap).
Alan Keown’s humorous arrangement of Witch Doctor, as heard on the classic cartoon Alvin and the Chipmunks, gives beginning percussion students a great opportunity to let their hair down and have a blast! The piece incorporates an array of nontraditional percussion instruments like a duck call, a siren whistle, a slide whistle, and a police whistle. These instruments are engaging for the students as well as the audience and can provide a welcomed relief from studying the more traditional instruments. Keown suggests that the most extroverted performer be given the duck call and make the most of it; let them be the star of the show!
Witch Doctor comes with a full, bound score and includes a CD-ROM containing an audio recording and all individual parts available for printing.