Panthers

CLARK HUBBARD - Panthers 2018

Duration: 3:36

Difficulty: Medium

Released: 2016

Players: (1) kick drum, 4 tenor drums, 2 cymbals, 1 hi-hat, 4 pitched objects

Purchase PDF Sheet Music: $15.00

 

About “Panthers”

“Panthers” was recorded by Clark Hubbard at Vanderbilt University in the spring of 2017 and again at Vanderbilt University in the spring of 2018. “Panthers” was premiered at the Lancaster Kiwanis Club meeting on June 29th, 2016 in Lancaster, Ohio.

“Panthers” is a solo for prepared drum kit. When writing this piece, I was listening to the song “Panthers” by Wilco a lot. (My piece sounds nothing like the Wilco track.) Since the Wilco song was so delicate, I decided to write a piece about the other side of panthers – the aggressive, primal side. Rhythmically, this piece is inspired by Balinese kecak and the piece “Monkey Chant” by Wilco-drummer Glenn Kotche. Every time I perform this piece, I change the setup in some way. I’ve captured the two most extreme setups I’ve used so far – the loudest and the softest – in the video above.

Various setups Clark has performed “Panthers” with are…

Setup A (The Original – setup indicated in score) [2016]

  • 1 Pedal Bass Drum
  • 1 Hi-Hat Setup
  • 4 Tenor Drums (covered with towels)
  • 2 Large Cymbals (with sizzle chains)
  • 1 China Cymbal
  • 1 Tambourine
  • 4 Tuned Glasses (descending; F, Eb, C, Bb) 
  • Mallets: Malletech BB34

Setup B (Reduced Setup) [2017]

  • 1 Pedal Bass Drum
  • 1 Hi-Hat Setup
  • 2 Tenor Drums (covered with towels)
  • 1 China Cymbal
  • 4 Crotales (descending; F, Eb, C, Bb)
  • Mallets: VicFirth SD1

Setup C (“Nashville, 2017” Realization) [2017]

  • 1 Pedal Bass Drum
  • 1 Hi-Hat Setup
  • 4 Tenor Drums (covered with towels)
  • 2 Large Cymbals
  • 1 China Cymbal
  • 4 Tuned Metal Pipes (transposed down from score)
  • Mallets: Malletech BB34

Setup D (LOUD Version) [2018]

  • 1 Pedal Bass Drum
  • 1 Hi-Hat Setup
  • 3 Tenor Drums (un-muted)
  • 1 China Cymbal
  • 1 Large Gong
  • 4 Large Metal Pipes (pitches were not a transposition of the score)
  • Mallets: ProMark Shira Kashi Oak “Rock Knocker”

Setup E (Soft Version) [2018]

  • 3 Wooden Slats
  • 1 Opera Gong
  • 4 Glockenspiel Keys (descending; F, Eb, C, Bb)
  • 1 Metronome
  • Mallets: Malletech BB34

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