New Music, for 2022

Fun Percussion Ensemble


Yes, We Have No Bananas!
arr. Brian Monroe

Great fun. Peppy arrangement for percussion quintet. This version is fashioned in the style of Spike Jones with all the “toys”. 


New Duets


Dance of the Lampyridae
Evan Gedert

Exciting new duet for two marimbas by one of Permus’ newest composers. Sure to become a recital standard. Listen to the composer’s performance below.


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21 Progressive Duets for Snare Drum and Timpani
Greg Holloway

Written for snare drum and two timpani, this collection provides the teacher and student material used in developing skills necessary to perform in ensembles. Another great collection by master teacher and performer Greg Holloway


New Timpani Solo

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Two Voices for Solo Timpani
Brad Alexander

Written for four timpani, this new solo uses various techniques to create an intersting and challenging piece. Written by New York show veteran Brad Alexander. Suitable for recital or contest.


New Percussion Ensembles


Sunrise Relay for Young Percussion Ensemble
Thomas Roblee

Sunrise Relay is a rhythmically vibrant and melodically uplifting work. Inspired by traditional music elements from Ghana and Mexico, it begins with a djembe call that signifies changing sections throughout the piece. Kpanlogo, axatse, and gankogui contribute supporting rhythmic roles while the djembe and marimba patterns change, passing the spotlight back and forth. (The composer offers suggestions for substitutions if traditional African instruments are not available.)


Lake Middle School performance of Sunrise Relay


Thomas Roblee

Ghanaian Sunset is a quartet inspired by traditional music elements from Ghana. It is built from melodic quotes of northwest Ghanaian gyil music and supported by original material throughout. This piece offers students an opportunity to work in a chamber ensemble setting and provide their individual voices during improvisation sections.  The composer offers suggestions for substitutions if traditional African instruments are not available.


Strongsville Ohio High School performance of Ghanaian Sunset 


River Run  
Christian E. Roseboro

Written for advanced percussion quintet, River Run is a continuous piece in three sections. Challenging and fun to play. A great piece to show off your percussion section. Advanced 4 mallet Marimba part. 
Instrumentation:  Bells, Marimba, Vibraphone, Woodblock, Brake Drum, Timbales, Triangle, Shakers, Claves, Rainstick, Bass Drum, Tam-tam, Vibra slap, Slide Whistle, Sleigh Bells, Cow Bell, Tambourine, Sus. Cymbal, 4 Concert Toms, Mark Tree, Snare Drum, Splash Cymbal, Slapstick. 


Sample of River Run (midi)

New Major Vibraphone Composition


Waves Beyond Madness
Giacomo Riggi

Three movement piece for vibraphone and piano. Very challenging and incredibly beautiful piece from Italian composer and percussionist Giacomo Riggi. Click below for a YouTube recording of the piece.


New Marimba Solos


i view our love as lavender
Kyle Skinner

A marimba solo that requires a 4.5 octave marimba. It’s an expressive, musical personification of love and should be played passionately. It tackles various different styles and has many contrasting ideas that all flow together neatly. Each style represents a different type of love in a relationship. 



Voice in the Snow
Stephen Myers

Charming 4-mallet marimba solo. Voice in the Snow will fit on a 4 1/3 (low A) marimba. Utilizes many mallet techniques and very playable. A great addition to any recital.


More Arrangements from Jane Lamb


THE WILD HORSEMAN - Robert Schumann
A mallet trio with temple blocks from Jane Lamb.  This is an arranglement of the famous piano piece from Schumann’s “Album for the Young”. Arranged for Xylophone, 2 Marimbas and 2 Temple Blocks. Great fun for the young ensemble.


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