Clockworks (Indoor Marching Percussion)

Clockworks (Indoor Marching Percussion)

Style: Modern | Difficulty: Medium Difficult | Grade: 4 - 5

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Composed By: Key Poulan, Shawn Glyde, and Dan Bryan
Published By: Key Poulan Music


Describing the inner mechanisms of clocks, Clockworks is an exciting show in a basic fast-slow-fast format, each movement exploring the mechanizations of time and timepieces.

Throughout the show, one hears the various components that make up clocks; springs springing, bells bonging, gears grinding and pendulums ticking. Most of these clock sounds are of the mechanical variety. Some sounds are toy-like, as toys often run on mechanical motors. Other toy-like sounds are heard in music box effects, the mechanism of these devices also being run like clocks.

But clocks and related timing devices are also used to set off explosives and other devices. The anticipation leading up to the culmination of the brash and/or powerful effects of these devices going off creates moments where one knows something is going to happen, but one is never prepared for the big “pow” effect that releases the pent-up energy.

Visual possibilities include references to clock gears as well as large drawings of early computers, such as Babbage’s early counting machine. You can have hands of a clock slowly spin around the clock, perhaps even using the drummers as the hands. Given a little “time,” you’ll think of lots of possibilities.

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Show Specific Add-Ons


Many KPM shows are now available with effective drill. The drill options include stock, modified stock or custom drill packages and are all reasonably priced. Drill comes pre-designed for small, medium and large bands and can be modified to your instrumentation by the writer. Custom drills are also available!
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Show T-Shirts, clothing, etc...

T-Shirts with officially licensed "show specific" artwork by Key Poulan Music are available for as little as $12.00!
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ClickTrax are pre-recorded click tracks designed for indoor and outdoor rehearsals. The ensemble will be able to rehearse with perfect performance tempi, accelerandos, rallentandos, and ritardandos. ClickTrax have count-off clicks and start at every possible drill phrase of the show which saves hours of rehearsal time! ClickTrax are available for this show in a high quality mp3 format!
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PracticeTrax are recorded synthetic tracks of each part or section so students may play along! PracticeTrax are available for this show in a high quality mp3 format!
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Show posters featuring officially licensed "show specific" artwork by Key Poulan Music are available. Contact Key ( for more information.
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General Add Ons

Warm Up Program

Be prepared all year long with a warm up program designed to develop warm up, tune, and rehearse ensemble fundamentals needed for a successful musical performance for all Key Poulan Music works.
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Power Chords for Band (On Field Warm Up)

There's nothing like a great backfield performance of previous Santa Clara Vanguard chord progressions that are designed to energize not only the members of your band but the audience as well.
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Basics! Basics! Basics! (Fundamentals for Band Program)

The cornerstone program of Key Poulan's musical successes as a band director. This extremely comprehensive, self-paced individualized music skills program is designed to foster the development of high school students into solidly literate musicians.
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