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MuseScore Drumline (MDL) Preview

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

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.


In the space of 2 quarter notes am attempting to write a 7 note tuplet for a snare part that matches up with a quarter note triplet  on a bass part.  It's a little off.  The Ctrl 3 and Ctrl 7 functions work but the results don't match.  I can play it but the music doesn't match up.  Any help is appreciated.

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. :-)

Song suggestions for a drum corps show

Hey! So I'm starting work on a project called "Wake Up" and I'm looking for ideas of some possible songs to put in it. They can either be from this website or big professional works.

The show theme is more on the depressing/somber side with a twist at the very end. (Not spoiling anything yet) But help would be appreciated with the musical selections and also a percussion writer would be awesome!


Which is your favorite DCI show?

I want to find out which one is the more favored show. There will be four different shows for each corps. In the comments pick your favorite out from each corps.
I'm sorry if i miss some corps ( I know i didn't get them all), tell me other corps that I missed in the comments.
After I get some vote on the shows, I'm going to put out what percent of people voted for each show.

1: 2014- "Tilt"
2: 2016- "Downside up"
3: 2011- "Brave New World"
4: 2010- "Metropolis"

Blue Devils:
1: 2014- "Felliniesque"
2: 2017- "Metamorph"
3: 2007- "Winged Victory"
4: 1994- "My Spanish Heart"

Carolina Crown:
1: 2013- "E = MC²"
2: 2011- "Rach Star"
3: 2007- "Triple Crown"
4: 2015- "Inferno"

Phantom Regiment:
1: 2008- "Spartacus"
2: 2015- "City of Light"
3: 1996- "A Defiant Heart: The Music of Dmitri Shostakovitch"
4: 2005- "Rhapsody"

The Academy:
1: 2016- "Drum Corpse Bride"
2: 2006- "¡danzón! '
3: 2013-"Piano Man"
4: 2007- "The Chase"

Blue Knights:
1: 2017- "i"
2: 1995- "Legacy"
3: 2006- "Dark Knights"
4: 1993- "The Next Generation"

The Cadets:
1: 2011- "Between Angels and Demons"
2: 2000- "We are the Future"
3: 1987- "Appalachian Spring"
4: 1993- "In the Spring, At the Time When Kings Go Off to War"

1: 2016- "Continuum"
2: 2001- "Late Night Jazz"
3: 2003- "Colors"
4: 1996- "The Voices of Jazz"

Madison Scouts:
1: 2011- "New York Morning"
2: 2005- "The Carmen Project"
3: 1990- "Undiscovered Madison"
4: 2003- "GOLD, GREEN AND RED: The Music of Benoit Jutras"

Santa Clara Vanguard:
1: 1989- "Phantom of the Opera"
2: 2016- "Force of Nature"
3: 1999- "Inventions for a New Millennium"
4: 1995- "Not the Nutcracker"

Blue Stars:
1: 1993- "Selections from Candide"
2: 2003- "Visions of Blue"
3: 2010- "Houdini"
4: 1999- "Ivan the Terrible"

Boston Crusaders:
1: 2002- "You Are My Star"
2: 2017- "Wicked Games"
3: 2000- "RED"
4: 2010- "Thy Kingdom Come"

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!


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 :


Help Appreciated

I'm not too great at spicing up Low Brass or bass parts. Nor am I too great at writing battery parts. Bear with me on this piece since I haven't figured out on an opener and if you'd like to help me write it that would be awesome! Either way help is much appreciated so if you'd like to collaborate on my piece Life To Undead (which needs a better title too) I'd love the help!