VIC FIRTH PRESENTS:
MARCHING PERCUSSION 101
   — REHEARSAL STRATEGIES: Establishing an Effective Warmup Routine



STICK & MALLET SELECTION GUIDE:

The following is a selection of sticks and mallets that will provide the marching percussion section with perfect general purpose implements for each section:

SNARE    
Corpsmaster® MS1
Full oval tip and short taper bring out the dark sounds on drums and cymbals.
L = 16 1/2", Dia. = .695"
TENORS    
Corpsmaster® MT1A
A nylon head with a curved playing surface for ultra-staccato sounds. Aluminum shaft with "anti-buzz" rubber grips.
Head = 1 1/4 x 1/2", L = 14 1/2"
BASS DRUMS    
Corpsmaster® Marching Bass Mallets
The marching bass mallets feature tapered hickory shafts, which shift the weight of the stick towards the hand for improved balance and control. Spherical heads provide a consistent striking surface. With super hard felt heads (H)
XYLOPHONE    
Corpsmaster® M63 Xylophone Mallet
Medium 11/2” poly ball on a rattan shaft. Produces a warm sound on xylophone that blends nicely within a keyboard ensemble.
L = 14 1/4”
BELLS    
M142
Very hard phenolic. A perfect general mallet for most bell playing. Small head for brilliant and pointed sounds.
Head = 7/8", L = 14 1/4"
Listen to this mallet!  
|  Bells  |  Bells 2  |
VIBRAPHONE    
M188
Hard yarn cord mallet provides maximum projection and clarity. Weighted rubber core; rattan shafts. From the Multi-Application Series, which features 100% synthetic yarn for maximum durability and flexible rattan shafts.
L = 16”
MARIMBA    
M183
Hard yarn marimba mallet with full tone and excellent clarity in the upper half of the instrument. Synthetic core; birch shafts.
L = 17”
TIMPANI    
Corpsmaster® CT1
Specifically designed to withstand the rigors of outdoor application, they are now a great choice for indoor marching and concert playing as well -- especially for the program looking for extended durability from their timpani mallets! Featuring synthetic felt heads for durability and weather resistance.
Head = 1 5/8"


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