Front Ensemble Instrument Changes

Mar 28, 2018

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 -