Snare Drum Solos

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ACCENT THIS!
Richard B. Eleck, Jr.
A snare drum solo for competition or recital. A study in odd meter and accents the solo’s last section in 7/8 is a real challenge. Accent This! will work on a modern field drum or on a concert snare drum.

Percussive Arts Society Review:

There must be thousands of published snare drum solos, and it is refreshing to find one that is unique in form, content, and expression. The solo opens in 7/8, and the tempo marking specifies the solobe performed at quarter note equaling 112. This first section takes advantage of shifting accents, but also has moments of silence. It is interesting that the composer has incorporated several meters including, 6/8, 3/4, and 4/4, as this section closes with a group of sixteenth notes and rolls. This closing burst of material creatively winds down by using sextuplets, to sixteenths, to triplets, then eighth notes, to quarter-note triplets, to single notes.

The next section, or interlude, explores tone colors by changing from snares on and snares off, playing with a brush in one hand against a stick in the other, and rimshots. The rhythms are more spacious in this section as well. This material leads to a phrase of accents in triplets, then sixteenths, which have a variety of single strokes mixed with rebounds, all creating an energetic transi- tion to the closing, which is again in 7/8. Many solos are full of technical chal- lenges but lack the use of musical phrases or themes. This piece addresses these areas, because the composer has written this solo with excellent phrasing, plus many changing dynamics. I would like to see this solo on prescribed music lists for contests.
—George Frock

SS-10022
Price: $8.00

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ANIMAL INSTINCTS
Richard B. Eleck, Jr.
This contemporary snare drum solo features various roll styles, mixed meters as well as use of a wide variety of dynamics and special snare drum sounds. Medium difficult to difficult. 

Percussive Arts Society Review:

This 113-measure rudimental snare drum solo will certainly challenge the intermediate to advanced soloist with traditional rudiments such as flam ac- cents, syncopated rhythms, cross-meter accents, and open rudimental rolls interspersed with buzz rolls. Conceived in a ternary structure, the solo breaks up some of the “squareness” of a traditional rudimental solo with changing meters such as 5/4, 7/8, and 5/8. The placement of difficult dynamics also enhances this unaccompanied snare drum solo. This piece would be an impressive selection for a college/university scholarship audition.

—Jim Lambert 


SS-10023 (TX)
Price: $8.00



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AT ODDS: SUITE FOR SOLO SNARE DRUM

Jack D. Jenny
A prize winning PAS Composition Contest snare drum solo.
 


SS-10001 (IN, FL, WI)
Price: $8.00


THE BIG THREE - Snare Drum Solo - Grade 1-2
Jeffrey Parthun, Sr. This solo presents the "big three" rudimental types: rolls, flams, and paradiddles. Solo uses rolls of various lengths, flams, flam accents, and flam taps, and single and double paradiddles that occur in different places in the measure and between head and rim notes.

SS-10002
Price: $4.00

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CONQUERING LEGIONS OF ROME
John S. Pratt
One of Pratt’s best from The New Pratt Book, now available as a single. 

SS-10003 (TX, IN)
Price: $5.00



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CONTROL FREAK for Snare Drum
Murray Houllif
This solo will be a challenge for all those practitioners of Geo. L. Stones’s books- Stick Control & Accents & Rebounds, as well as Buster Bailey’s Wrist Twisters. Ideal for high school solo competitions, college juries, or rudimental percussion study.

SS-10004
Price: $5.00


DON QUE - Snare Drum Solo

James L. MooreDon Que (originally published in The  Solo Snare Drummer Vol.1), is now available as a high quality single publication ideal for contest performance and study.  This Grade 4 solo features challenging interplay between 6/8 & 3/4 meters with interesting quasi-rudimental rhythmic development.

SS-10005  (TX)
Price: $4.00

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EL CAPITAIN AND BEYOND – Snare Drum Solo James L. MooreThis snare drum solo, fashioned around the phrase structure of John Philip Sousa’s well known march, will provide excellent study and performance material. Use as a substitute part in the El Capitan March or play along with a recording.

SS-10006
Price: $5.00



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FLAM TRIPADIDDLE - Snare Drum Solo
Richard B. Eleck, Jr.

Contemporary snare drum solo focussing on gradual roll and double bounce rudiments with a healthy bunch to flams and single sevens. Great contest piece.

Percussive Arts Society Review:

“Flam Tripaddidle” is a rudimental snare drum solo by Ithaca College per- cussionist and band conductor Richard Eleck. The two-page, easy-to-read score is printed in high quality on card stock. The piece is mostly in a rudimental style but employs a variety of dynamic contrasts with articulations and changin tempi in 4/4 throughout. This is a wise choice for percussion students wanting to work out their rudimental snare dru technique in a musically engaging and challenging composition at an interme- diate level. The rudimental techniques include open and closed rolls with a lot intricate flams and shifting accents. 

A typo in measure 36 mistakenly beams beat 1 to the sixteenth-note triple starting beat 2. (This typo has been fixed in current edition. - Ed.) In the following measure (37), the same figure appears notated correctly, so this should be obvious to anyone preparing the piece for performance. This would make an excellent challenging solo piece for first or second year undergraduate students, as it would build technical and musical skills while provide an exciting experience for an audience.

—N. Scott Robinson 

SS-10023
Price: $8.00


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FOUR PORTRAITS OF JIM - Snare Drum Suite in 4 MovementsMurray Houllif Dedicated to well known percussion educator Jim Petercsak, this work is a Grade 6  “tour de force” of styles  & sounds for solo snare drum written by Murray Houllif, a prolific composer of outstanding percussion music.  The 4 movements – “Paradiddle Jim” – “Jazzy Jim” – “Senor Jim” – Contemporary Jim” – exploit differing aspects of snare drum technique and sonorities.  In its entirety, this work is an excellent mature recital choice, or selected individual movements can be used  for contest or study.

SS-10007  (TX)
Price: $10.00


Click here to see a performance of Four Portraits of Jim

GOT FLEAS!
Shane Hoose & Andrew KleinA challenging and innovative corps style snare drum solo. Winner of the 2005 Indiana Percussion Association Collegiate Snare Drum Competition.

SS-10008
Price: $4.00

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HELLO, MR. BUZZBEE - Snare Drum Solo - Grade 1-2
Jeffrey Parthun, Sr. This solo is designed to give the player practice in the skills needed to develop an excellent snare drum roll. The piece stresses the importance of developing a good buzz roll and the need to play with a steady rhythm. All the rolls in this solo use 8th note pulses. Flams and interesting dynamic changes also spice up the piece.

SS-10009
Price: $5.00

Joe Shanks and his teacher Terry Reiter from Iowa performing Hello Mr. Buzzbee, 
a Grade 1-2 snare drum solo by Jeffrey Parthun, Sr.

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A JAZZY WALTZ: Snare Drum SoloDavid ManciniBoth the jazz idiom and rudimental drum figures are very well presented in this solo.


SS-10010 (NY, TX)
Price: $6.00


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JENNIFER’S JOG

Alan Abel This rudimental snare drum solo, in the style of the composer’s “2040’s Sortie”, emphasizes technical control, sticking, and dynamics.


SS-10011 (TX, OH, IN, NEFMA-New England)
Price: $5.00


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OLDE RUDY METZ
James L. MooreSnare drum rudiments are as good today as ever! They are great for developing good solid playing technique and control. This solo of only moderate difficulty, revisits some of these important rudiments.


SS-10012
Price: $5.00


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PHANTASTIK PHIL - Snare Drum Solo - Grade 1-2
Jeffrey Parthun, Sr. A beginning level solo that is designed to make the connection between the way a roll is notated and the underlying rhythm of the roll (skeletal pulse). The solo works equally well using buzz rolls or open (rudimental rolls. Rim notes and stick clicks add a bit of flair to this very educational piece. 

SS-10013
Price: $5.00

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PUNCTUALITY
Michael Varner An excellent contest solo, in 6/8 meter.


SS-10014 (NY, IN, FL, VA, NEFMA-New England)
Price: $5.00


RAMPY ONE: Snare Drum Solo
James L. MooreRampy One is a solo of only moderate difficulty (Grade 2-3) that uses rhythmic material derived from a cadence used by the Ohio State University Marching Band percussion section.  An excellent short solo for the developing snare drummer.

SS-10015
Price: $4.00

RUDIMENTAL HEIGHTS
George Barrett Excellent competition solo, technically and musically rewarding.

SS-10016 (NY, IN, FL, VA)
Price: $4.00

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RUDISAMBA
David Mancini

Rudisamba is a snare drum solo based on a samba groove.
Lot’s of dynamic change, double-strokes and syncopation in this one.
Fun to play.


SS-10025
Price $8.00


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SEVEN EIGHT STOMP
David P. EylerWell written odd meter solo of only moderate difficulty.


SS-10017 (NY, TX, VA, WI)
Price: $5.00


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SPEED TRAP
Mark Spede A rudimental solo demanding technical skill & stamina, great for developing rolls and accents.

SS-10018 (IN, FL, VA, WI)
Price: $5.00


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THREE NUEVO DANCES for SNARE DRUM
James L. Moore This suite of 3 contrasting movements is ideally suited for the developing snare drum player. An excellent solo (Grade 3-4) for easy contest use or study purposes.

SS-10019 (FL)
Price: $5.00

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TWENTY FOUR SWING STREET
Steven R. Machamer A fine solo for contest or study.

SS-10020 (IN, VA, WI, NEFMA-New England)
Price: $5.00


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WATCHING THE TIMES GO BY
David P. Eyler 
A fine rudimental solo of moderate difficulty with changing meter.



SS-10021  (OH, TX, VA)
Price: $5.00

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