Instrumentation: Snare drum, 4 concert toms and a kick drum on 2 chairs
Based on a funny mnemonic for ti-ka-ti-ka ti-ti (1e+a 2+), I wrote this piece for one of my school percussion ensembles trying to fill a gap in percussion ensemble drumming pieces. In my search for great pieces, some were too hard, others too easy. So, I decided to write my own.
The piece also draws inspiration from traditional drumming styles such as Samba and West African Djembe drumming. It also pays homage to great percussion composers, John Parker and Tania Savage, who have created drumming pieces that are the staple of high school percussion music in Brisbane.
As always, the aim is that the ensemble has fun and enjoys the groove. Coming from a long background of Latin and African drumming styles, my compositions place a heavy emphasis on feeling the rhythm and hearing all the parts lock in, rather than being accurate.