X! (Full Instrumentation)

X! (Full Instrumentation)

Style: | Difficulty: Medium | Grade: 3

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Credits

Composed by: Key Poulan, Shawn Glyde and Dan Bryan
Originally commissioned by: Davis H.S., Modesto, California - Dan Bryan, Director
Published By: Key Poulan Music
Duration: 7:18

Description

X! (the 24th letter of the basic modern Latin alphabet) can mean many things to many people! Romans used it to represent the number 10. In mathematics, X can be an independent variable as well as an indication that items need to be multiplied. We even use X's to show affection as in "XOXO - kisses and hugs". X's can even be used for "the unknown" such as person X or place x. In X!, the single letter replaces the prefix "ex" in a delightful play on words. The show X! fosters a strong visual identity while supporting themes tied together through the creative use of the prefix!

Music Samples

Mvt. 1: "X-Clamation & X-Celeration" X-Clamation starts with an impactful moment geared to startle or surprise the audience. X-Celeration takes us on an upward journey through the use of a constant increase in speed. Velocity is created through the use of increasingly dense rhythmic material from the beginning to the up-tempo moments by the end of the movement.
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Mvt. 2: "X-Haustion" X-Haustion is a contrasting movement with a heaviness related to both physical and mental fatigue. Sounds of a laborious and repetitive low voice line coupled with the dropping of heavy chains creates an atmosphere of endless and relentless work.
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Mvt. 3: "X-Aggeration, X-Otic, & X-Plosion" X-Aggeration creates great contrasts within volumes, scoring, and rhythmic densities. A wide expanse between the various elements of the ensemble creates many opportunities for visual exaggeration as well. X-Otic takes the listener to a place where he/she has never been before. Through the use of a rhythmic feel, the mysterious and uplifting music sets that stage for something excitingly unique. X-Plosion completes the journey through X! by creating opportunities of loud blasts and crashes before setting the stage for the rapid conclusion.
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Show Specific Add-Ons

Drill

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

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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SmartMusic®

SmartMusic® files are available for those of you who use SmartMusic® as a means for student evaluation.
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Production Sheets for Drill Designers

Production Sheets are expanded and detailed count sheets intended for drill designers with valuable information regarding the staging of instruments and other elements.
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Posters

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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Flag Designs

Show appropriate flag designs are available for your color guard! Our flag designs support the intended concept of a show by Key Poulan Music.
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Guard Costume Designs

Guard Costume Designs enhance the overall look and feel of the color guard! Create visual interest and be remembered by designs which give you a fully produced package for a show by Key Poulan Music.
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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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