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composition / percussion ensemble / adaptation


Medium: Large Percussion Ensemble (10 players)
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Composed: 2004
Duration: 8:30
Difficulty: Grade V

Player 1 (bells)
Player 2 (xylophone, crotales)
Player 3 (4-octave vibraphone)
Player 4 (4-octave vibraphone)
Player 5 (4 concert toms, chimes, small concert bass drum)
Player 6 (4-octave marimba)
Player 7 (4-octave marimba)
Player 8 (4.5-octave marimba)
Player 9 (5-octave marimba)
Player 10 (4 timpani)
Player 11 (suspended cymbal, snare drum, tam-tam, temple blocks) 

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Adaptation Score


Adaptation for Percussion Ensemble by Nathan Daughtrey
(Use the fastforward button to skip to the next track)
Download full mp3 recordings: I. Improvisation | II. Meditation | III. Revelation

UNCG Percussion Ensemble
Nathan Daughtrey, director


Performed by the University of Arlington Percussion Ensemble, Michael Varner, director
UTA Percussion Studio | UTA Music YouTube Channel


3rd Place Winner of the 2005 Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest, Adaptation is reworking of Dr. Daughtrey's award-winning piece, Episodes for Solo Piano, now scored for percussion ensemble.

When one goes through any life changes, one must experience several stages of adaptation. Each movement represents one of these stages:

I. Improvisation - in which you are caught off-guard and you are forced to fly by the seat of your pants

II. Meditation - in which you take time to reflect on your life and try to discover solutions

III. Revelation - in which a light bulb goes off and you find the answer.

review (excerpt)

"The wonderful thing about Daughtrey’s writing is that the familiar thematic material is harmonized differently each time, employing new countermelodies, rhythmic twists, changes in texture and subtle changes in color. The music is always fresh and interesting."

- Mario Gaetano, Percussive Notes (October 2005)