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HELP!!!

Ok, so I know that this is a marching band group and some of you are going to hate me for this, but I am legit desperate for help on a concert band arrangement.

I'm writing a piece for concert band (it's an eighth grade band, so the music isn't too complex). It's an arrangement of music from the album Adele 21.

We have 3 percussionists, and I only have 2 percussion parts written: xylophone and drumset (One of our percussionists has been playing drumset for a long time and I wanted to write a piece that could showcase that). I really need another percussion part, but as I've never played percussion, I am not exactly knowledgeable in this field. Does anyone have any tips for adding another percussion part in a concert band piece?

(Again, don't hate me for posting this on a marching band group)

Thanks :)

Senior Show

So next year will be my senior year of high school and I'd like to compile the big pit moments from each of the past three shows that I have performed into a sort of lot piece. I have been trying to figure out a good way to do it, but I've been unsuccessful so far. If anybody would be interested in helping me out, please let me know. I really want to surprise my section with something like this.

Sixth edition of Sorodha Composition Competition belongs to MARIMBA

Composers!

Sixth edition of Sorodha Composition Competition belongs to MARIMBA. I will be honoured to perform five selected compositions at public concert 29th April in Antwerp, Belgium.

Apply now! The submission deadline is Friday 10th of March 2017!
More info www.sorodha.be

Good luck!

Ewelina Hajda
facebook.com/marimbalady
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Compositeurs !

La sixième édition de la compétition de composition sorodha appartient à marimba. Je serai honoré de réaliser cinq compositions sélectionnées au concert public le 29 avril à Anvers, Belgique.

S'appliquer maintenant ! La date limite de soumission est le vendredi 10 mars 2017 !
Plus d'informations www.sorodha.be

Bonne chance !

Ewelina Hajda
facebook.com/marimbalady
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"Fake Time"

About a year ago I was playing percussion in my school's production of My Fair Lady. I don't remember which song this was in, but at one point the percussion score-- and I believe it was only the percussion score-- had the marking "fake time". I have not seen this marking anywhere else, and no one, not even google, seems to know what it means (When I asked my director what it meant, he said "you're a percussionist, it's what you've been doing this whole time. Music directors are mean...) To me, it seems like it would be synonymous with "free time", but that seems like an odd thing to have in one part of a theatrical score. Has anyone on here seen this marking before? If so, how was it interpreted? If not, how would you interpret it?

What is Your Style?

Man, I have got to be the worst admin in the world, going AWOL for months and months. Probably should put a few other admins on this page in the case of my absence.

But man, never thought this group would have more than 50 people in it. Next thing I know, there's over 100 people, then 200, and I'm like, wow.

But enough of that, I wanted to ask you all a question. I see quite a few Copy/Paste arrangements on this site, and I've always made it a point that whenever I make some kind of arrangement, I add my own little thing to it, a signature if you will. And it got me wondering if anyone else does that kind of thing.

Personally I love adding in chimes, bells, vibes, and any other metals I can add to make things spark a bit more. I also like to increase the speed of playing of several things I write, but I'll also slow things down quite a bit as well.

Is there any kind of style you all use? Or do you aim to keep things as close to the original as you can get?

Questions about arranging

I am currently arranging some pop music. I have some questions for anyone that would be willing to help an amateur:
1. In pop music, sometimes artists embellish a little with vocals and etc. Is it better to use complex rhythms to come close to what the artist does, insert an simpler rhythm, or change it all together?
2. In giving out the melody parts, I don't really want to give it to the trumpets every time because they always get it, and the flutes are usually really hard to hear? What other options do I have that will actually sound good? I know that just about every instrument can play melody, but I also know that if not executed correctly it could be a disaster.
3. Does anyone have any suggestions for songs that I could do?

A QUESTION

I am in a high school marching band and we would love to get to play some of the music you put out so would it be all right to use some of it for Friday night games? If not thanks anyway and keep righting music you guys are great