Mallet Arrangements

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Mallet Arrangements

Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 8:34 am

I love arranging songs for front ensemble, but I can never come up with good songs to arrange. I like a lot of The Fray's music because it's pretty piano heavy and easy to find music for, but I'd like to branch out into other types of music as well. What are some songs you guys have arranged and what do you think would be good songs to arrange for front ensemble? I can post some of my arrangements as well if you'd like.
'13 ZCHS MB "Sorcerer and the Swan" - Marimba
'14 ZCHS Indoor "The Singularity" - Center Marimba
'14 ZCHS MB "A Day in the Life of a Knight" - Center Marimba
'15 ZCHS Indoor "Balance" - Marimba
'15 ZCHS MB "Uncharted Waters" - Center Marimba
'16 ZCHS Indoor "Batter Up" - Center Marimba

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Re: Mallet Arrangements

Posted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 9:11 pm

This is something I've been looking for as well. The Fray sounds awesome, I'd love to see those arrangements!

The Madison Scouts have some cool arrangements of popular music:
Such Great Heights
Love the way you lie / Stockholm

Usually I just listen to songs on Pandora or Spotify and think, "Hey that might make a cool arrangement" and save it for later.
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Re: Mallet Arrangements

Posted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 7:25 am

Careful to secure permission from the copyright owner before you arrange.
Percussioning since 2003.

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Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 2:50 pm

If you're still looking: I use a site called Noteflight
You're allowed to arrange original music with the pre-recorded instruments, and can add in their notations. Plus millions of users have also created their own scores, that you can read AND listen to.

What I've Done-Linkin Park
Sweet Child o Mine-Guns n Roses
Demons-Imagine Dragons ... 21591c85f2
Animal-Neon Trees ... cbb0e875f7

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Re: Mallet Arrangements

Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 10:51 pm

Imogen Heap is good for pit warmups. And radiohead and Coldplay.
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