Need for Speed, The (Indoor Marching Percussion)

Need for Speed, The (Indoor Marching Percussion)

Style: Modern | Difficulty: Medium Difficult | Grade:

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


The Need for Speed can be performed as a tribute to NASCAR and Dale Earnhardt, or simply for what it is, an exciting and nail biting auto race to the finish! The show opens with a fanfare announcing the revving of engines prior to the start of the race. The drivers are in their cars and getting ready to tear down the track. After a relatively mild pace lap, the green flag comes out and the race is off and running, with music that jumps in tempo to a blistering speed that is further witnessed in the sudden increase in the speed of the guard work. The contrasting section remembers the aura that Dale Earnhardt Sr. cast over all the drivers through his seventy-six career wins and seven championship seasons. His popularity with the fans due to his charming but devilish demeanor and the aggressive driving that was a large part of the legend is felt in this tribute, both tender and dynamic. The last section grows ever more wild and intense as two cars battle for the lead and the win. The music keeps increasing in intensity as the finish line grows ever closer. Only at the very end do we have a winner! The checkered flag is revealed and the winner advances to the victory lane as the fans cheer and fists are pumped in the air in joyful triumph!

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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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Sound Effects CD

Sound Effects are available for this show in a high quality AIFF format! The sound effects include: KPMSoundFX™ are available for this show!
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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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