Instrumentation: Player 1 (bells & xylophone), Player 2 (3-octave vibraphone), Player 3 (4.3-octave marimba*), Player 4 (4.3-octave marimba*), Player 5 (4 timpani), Player 6 (4 concert toms, snare drum, chimes), Player 7 (splash cymbal, suspended cymbal, hi-hat, China cymbal, shaker), Player 8 (bass drum, tam-tam).
*Players 3 & 4 may perform on the same 4.3-octave Marimba.
Power Struggle features a balanced ensemble of 4 keyboard percussion and 4 battery percussion. The struggle is apparent from the opening bars of the piece, with the 2 halves of the ensemble competing for attention in an exhilarating and bombastic fashion. The struggle subsides briefly as the keyboards present a new melody and the battery provides a quietly grooving backdrop. The two opposing sections of the ensemble continue this struggle, inwardly and outwardly, until the end of the piece.