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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?

Christmas Contest - Win Prizes!!

Hey Everyone,

I thought it might be a fun idea to create a contest to arrange a Christmas song. It can be for drum corps, or marching band, or whatever... but the rules are simple:

1 - You must be a member of this group
2 - You must post your arrangement here
3 - You must submit before December 20, 2017

It is also important to mention that it is not necessarily the best arrangement that can win, but the most interesting or unique (not necessarily technically the best) can be chosen.

The judge for the contest will be Key Poulan!

There will also be 2 categories - 18 and Under and Over 18.

First prize winner in each category will receive the DCI 2017 Blu-Ray Deluxe Bundle (https://store.dci.org/collections/audio-video/products/dcirnv8103-2017-blu-ray-deluxe-bundle)

Second prize winners will receive 2 tickets to any DCI show (except finals).

Third prize winners will receive a DCI sweatshirt (or from the drum corps of your choice).

I have also posted a template that can be used as a starting point. You can feel free to use this basic arrangement as a starting point for your own arrangement of the same song:

https://musescore.com/daniel/scores/4834952

Current List of DCI Arrangers & Composers

Thought it could be interesting to put together a current list for reference of all DCI arrangers & composers by corps and role for 2018 season. I will update this first post as we go along (and will try to invite each of them to this group :-) ).

// World Class //

THE ACADEMY
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

BLUE DEVILS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

BLUE KNIGHTS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

BLUE STARS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

BLUECOATS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

BOSTON CRUSADERS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

THE CADETS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

CAROLINA CROWN
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

THE CAVALIERS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

COLTS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

CROSSMEN
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

GENESIS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

JERSEY SURF
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

MADISON SCOUTS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

MANDARINS
Brass Arranger: Key Poulan - https://musescore.com/keypoulan
Percussion Arranger: Darren VanDerpoel
Front Ensemble Arranger: Bryan Nungaray

MUSIC CITY
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

OREGON CRUSADERS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

PACIFIC CREST
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

PHANTOM REGIMENT
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

PIONEER
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

// Open Class //

7TH REGIMENT
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

THE BATALLION
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

BLUE DEVILS B
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

BLUE DEVILS C
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

COLT CADETS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

COLUMBIANS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

GOLD
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

GOLDEN EMPIRE
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

GUARDIANS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

HEAT WAVE
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

IMPULSE
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

INCOGNITO
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

LEGENDS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

LES STENTORS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

LOUSIANA STARS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

RAIDERS
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

RIVER CITY RYTHM
Brass Arranger:
Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

SHADOW
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Electronics:

SOUTHWIND
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Electronics:

SPARTANS
Brass Arranger:
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Electronics:

VANGUARD CADETS
Brass Arranger:
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Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

WATCHMEN
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Percussion Arranger:
Front Ensemble Arranger:
Electronics:

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?

Christmas Show Mvt 1

In need of a writer for Battery and Pit percussion for my currently unnamed Christmas show. The first movement is pretty much complete. The first movement features Carol of the Bells and a small portion of We Wish You a Merry Christmas, as that is foreshadowing the theme of the finale. It is majorly in 3/4, with the last section being in 4/4. There is two drum breaks in the opener, one being right after the hit, and after the runs in section C. If interested, please let me know!

MuseScore Drum Corps Event

Hey! I just read that MuseScore is hosting an event in which people can submit arrangements for drum corps for a chance to win prizes. I just have some questions.
How long should the arrangement be?
Are all instruments supported by DCI supported for the event? (french horn, euphonium, etc)
Does the piece have to be an arrangement? Or can it be original?
Thank you!

Matching Wind Arrangers with Percussion Arrangers

It seems one of the most common themes in this thread are wind arrangers looking to collab with percussion arrangers. Let's get you hooked up!

Anyone looking to collaborate with other users to write battery or front ensemble parts, I suggest that you join the official Marching Percussion group and post a request in this discussion there - https://musescore.com/groups/4833679/discuss/4845310