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MuseScore Drumline (MDL) Preview

The first preview release of MDL is now available for download.
Download the file mdl_0_2_5.zip and follow the instructions outlined in the enclosed readme.txt file.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1KY658fpCWa_LE39bnufB2BXgqp59HkQx?usp=sharing

This is an ALPHA release, so you will likely experience some minor bugs and the installation and configuration process is currently a manual process.

Included you will also find a rough draft of the notation reference for:

- Snareline
- Tenorline
- Bassline

If you are a VDL user or used to reading notation created in VDL, the notation reference should be somewhat familiar, though there are some clear differences.

Currently in progress, but not yet included are:

- Solo Snare
- Solo Tenors
- Cymbal line
- Racks

PLEASE DO feel free to offer feedback or suggestions on how we can improve any aspect of the sound playback, particularly:

- Instrument sound
- Balance across instrument
- Articulation quality
- Articulation accuracy
- Ensemble blend

Very specific and concrete suggestions can more easily help us to improve the quality and make a finished version freely available to the community as quickly as possible.

New Percussion Soundfont for 2.3

I thought I would share the progress with the new percussion soundfont. Here is a demo of marching snare.

A couple of points to mention - each sound has 4 samples with random alternations between each sample to make it sound much more realistic.

The soundfont is fully compatible with VDL, so has all the same articulations and capabilities (except mallet changes).

There will be 6 tenors and 2 bassline options - 6 basses and 10 basses. 

I hope to be able to get this to the community to be testing within the next couple of weeks. :-)

Need Someone To Write Battery Part For Show

Hello! I composed a high school indoor percussion show that is still untitled. I am very new to writing for battery so I am asking someone to do it for me. I will credit you! More than one person can do it. Do not steal my composition and claim it as your own.

NOTES ----
There are some parts that I would like for battery parts to not be written:
1. During the preshow, before keyboards enter for the first time.
2. During the transition to Part 2.
3. During the beginning of Part 2, with the eerie celesta phrases. After the marimba enters with the swelling eighth notes, it is fine, and so on.

Here are some parts where I'd like a specific thing to happen:
1. A tenor "Feature" that includes syncopated rims.
2. A cymbal feature where the keyboards decrescendo to mp before the final impact to the end.
Beyond that, you can do whatever you please!

LINK : https://musescore.com/user/226816/scores/5019991

Contact me as soon as you finish! Comment if you are interested!
Additionally, I compose for winds, so if you would like to collab in the future, my email is : circusespart2@gmail.com

THANK YOU.

Marching Percussion Templates

As we are preparing the MuseScore 2.3 update, I thought I would see what type of templates you guys would like to see added for marching percussion in the next update.

Right now we are considering:

- Drumline (snare, tenors, basses, cymbals)
- Drumline - show style (snare, tenors, single tenor, basses, cymbals)
- Indoor Marching Percussion (add flubs to drumline, plus front ensemble)
- Front Ensemble (help us define this one!)
- Military drum corps (snare, single tenor, bass, cymbals)
- Pipeband drum corps (snare, single tenor, bass)

Anything we're missing? Anything else you'd like to see?

Front Ensemble Instrument Changes

I have been thinking quite a lot about how we can support instrument changes for front ensemble to include mixing pitched and non-pitched percussion.

In trying to come up with a solution to this, I started thinking about the actual physical construction and organization of these instruments, for example on the frame of a marimba is a rail which you can attach another instrument.

Using this metaphor, I came up with the concept of a "rail" added to a pitched percussion staff. This rail functions quite literally the same as the rail on an instrument frame might, enabling the ability to add and switch between nearly any non-pitched percussion instrument.

Here is an example - https://musescore.com/daniel/scores/5032929

New Addition for MuseScore 2.3 - Racks, Flubs & Single Tenors

Hey guys... we're currently working on some updates for marching percussion for MuseScore 2.3.

In addition to expanding several existing instruments, we have a couple of entirely new instruments to be added:

- Flubs
- Single Tenors (show style)

While there is currently a general percussion drumset, I thought it would be great to add a couple of default rack configurations. Maybe you guys have some suggestions for these?

Rack 1 = ?
Rack 2 = ?

DLB Show Requests

If you have a Drumline Battle team formed, let us know your team size and instrumentation as well as other special skills and equipment you might have e.g. electronics, mics. Someone here may select your group and write a custom show.

A few helpful items:
Do you need visuals and music, just music?
When do you anticipate starting rehearsals?
What skills can each section successfully achieve?

Landing Your First Arranging Gig

As I look at my personal goals for 2018, one item that doesn't have a clear path forward for me is to do some battery arrangements for marching bands.

While I have a fair amount of experience teaching HS students in-person, I don't have anything on my musical resume related to arranging.

What's the best way to get in touch will smaller bands - where I'd like to begin - and have the director feel confident that I can deliver quality parts at the appropriate difficulty level for their students?