Rise and Fall of Rome (Indoor Marching Percussion)

Rise and Fall of Rome (Indoor Marching Percussion)

Style: Ethnic / Ancient / Ritualistic | Difficulty: Medium Difficult | Grade: 4 - 5

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


This is not your typical Roman-themed show. The Rise and Fall of Rome isn’t about the political or military reasons why the Roman Empire fell, but rather explores the wonders of Roman architecture and the influence that religion had on the ancient civilization. The opening production focuses on the hard work of slaves and other laborers, using chisels, hammers and their own backbreaking labor to create the beautifully stunning architectural masterpieces that still exist as ruins in and around Rome. Many of these works were created to honor the many gods of Rome, as well as the emperors. The music portrays the chiseling of the stone and the assembly and erection of the large Roman columns.The contrasting segment captures the darkened, murky crevices of the underground burial grounds of the ancient Romans and latter Christian martyrs. Somber and reverent, it portends the other side of the glorious Roman culture. The conclusion explores the Pagan celebrations of many gods, some not so benevolent as others. The “Pagan Dance” segment is ritualistic and a tad ominous, percussion pounding the underlying beat while the celebrants conjure up a flurry of unrestrained revelry. The “Great Fire” segment re-creates the awesome cataclysm that started in the wooden shops and houses around the Circus Maximus, destroying untold structures, including Nero’s palace and a variety of temples.

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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...

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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 (key@keypoulanmusic.com) for more information.
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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)

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