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Bradford Ralston is a dynamic young composer with a diverse background in percussion performance and music composition. While earning a Bachelor of Music degree in music composition and theory from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, he studied composition with renowned classical composers such as Dr. Michael Kurek and Dr. Stan Link.
His experience in percussion performance is marked by two national tours playing snare with the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps, and four years as an active member in the Vanderbilt Steel Drum Band under the direction of Mat Britain, in addition to numerous performances with the Blair Percussion Ensemble and various other ensembles at the Blair School of Music. He has studied percussion and jazz drumset with distinguished drummers and percussionists such as Bill Wiggins, John R. Beck, Michael Holland, Tommy Giampietro, and Brian Tinkle, and has taught drums and percussion lessons at the W. O. Smith School of Music in Nashville, TN, as well as privately in Winston-Salem, NC...(click details for full Bio)
Difficulty: Medium (great for high school and college steel bands)
Originally a showtune waltz, and then a jazz standard as arranged by Coltrane, My Favorite Things was transformed by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass in 1968 into an uptempo common-time hit. In the style of the Tijuana Brass recording, this arrangement is an exciting....
Difficulty: Medium (great for college percussion ensembles)
This ethereal but energetic quartet is a musical portrait inspired by stars and lights seen in the darkness of night. With a variety of moods, techniques, and ideas, it makes an excellent contest piece, as your performers will be....
"Sundown Groove" was composed for the Vanderbilt Commodore Steel Band under the direction of Mat Britain in the Spring of 2008. What begins as a chilled-out, snaky, but inevitably catchy groove transforms....
Difficulty: Medium (great for any skilled 4-mallet marimba soloist)
This expressive work for solo marimba with accompaniment allows the solo artist to demonstrate technique and musicality on the versatile instrument. The music tells the story of wandering off into the unknown, determined and resolute but uncertain....
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