by Daniel Montoya Jr.
Instrumentation: Crotales, Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Vibraphone, 2 marimbas (4.3-octave, low A), marimba (5-octave, low C), 4 timpani, drums (marching snare drum, impact drum, kick drum (mounted), concert bass drum), Cymbals & gongs (hi-hat, china cymbal, splash cymbal, ride cymbal, sizzle cymbal) and Accessories (triangle, tambourine, castanets, egg shaker, swish knocker, temple blocks, cabasa, finger cymbals, Ice Bell, log drums (4 pitches).
Daniel Montoya Jr.'s Mayhem is an ode to his newborn baby girl. Composed as an "alternative" to the common lullaby-style pieces composers often conjure up for their children, this medium work for large percussion ensemble lovingly kicks at you right from the start. It centers around a rhythmical theme based on his daughter's name: Mara, Mara Mayhem.
While remaining accessible to developing performers, Mayhem navigates many different time signatures while retaining a strong sense of groove throughout. A catchy melody and occasional backbeat give the listener a sense of stability in between kicking sessions!
Mayhem was commisioned by Megan Wike & Ridgeview Middle School (Round Rock, TX), in honor of their 2016 performance at The Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois.
This piece comes with a full, bound score and includes a CD-ROM containing an audio recording and all individual parts available for printing.