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Frolic by David Sinclair (DIGITAL DOWNLOAD)

Frolic by David Sinclair (DIGITAL DOWNLOAD)

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Program notes about the work from the composer:

Frolic is a sweet, playful, and interactive duet written for marimba and vibraphone. Its melodic and harmonic themes represent little children at play, and in the end, at rest. The inspiration for this piece came when my wife was expecting our second child. It is through-composed, coming to life slowly in the first section as the harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic ideas are established. I imagine this being the time when children are just waking up to start the day. This leads to the middle section, which features playful, abrupt exchanges between the instruments. At this point playtime is in full force with laughter, running, and busy chatter. The final section gradually calms down, replacing the constant activity and louder volumes with a simple, soft chord progression, played first by the vibraphone and then joined by the marimba as the music fades. The end has a soothing effect, representing children winding down for naptime after a busy morning of play. This composition is dedicated to my girls, A and L.

— David Sinclair, composer

Instrumentation (2 players):

  • Marimba
  • Vibraphone

Length: ca. 3:50

Specs: Digital Download PDFs (1 score, 2 parts) 1.41MB, 3 files total, Intermediate level. 

About the Composer:

David Sinclair currently resides in Jackson, Tennessee where he is Head Band Director at South Side High School and Adjunct Instructor of Music at Jackson State Community College. In addition to his full-time responsibilities David enjoys writing and arranging, operating Sinclair Percussion Academy’s private studio, and directing music at Grace Presbyterian Church.

Prior to his move to Jackson, David served as Assistant Band Director and Percussion Specialist for Harlingen CISD middle schools and Assistant Band Director at Harlingen High School South. In 2009 he conducted the Coakley Middle School percussion ensemble as part of their symphonic band’s Class 2C Texas Honor Band performance at the Texas Music Educators Conference. He also assisted the Harlingen High School South band in qualifying for the Texas State Marching Band Championships in 2008.

David’s students have received numerous awards in marching and concert band; auditioned and placed in numerous regional Texas and Tennessee band, orchestra, and jazz ensembles; and received many superior and excellent ratings in regional and state solo and ensemble festivals.

In addition to his teaching career, David is an accomplished musical artist. In 2004 and 2007, he performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention with the University of Tennessee at Martin and the University of Kentucky Percussion Ensembles. He continues to be an active performer and clinician in his local Jackson, Tennessee community.

David holds a Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Tennessee at Martin. His past teachers include Nancy Mathesen, Tim Genis, Leigh Howard Stevens, She-e Wu and James Campbell. David is an Innovative Percussion Educational Artist.

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