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An American in Paris - Marching Band Show by SixtoFiveProductions


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Based on the famous Symphonic Poem by George Gershwin, this incredible 3 part arrangement by Jerry Kelsey and John Max McFarland relives Gershwin's experiences in Paris with a stunning set of new sounds for the outdoor arena.  This musical package should be very appealing to the director looking for something a little different that is extremely entertaining, fun for the kids and educational as well.  An American in Paris is a winner for the contemporary marching band.  Reserve your copy today!


Part 1 (1:52)

Part 2 (2:05)

Part 3 (2:20)

Total Time:  (6:17)

Tempo Range (in BPM): 68 - 156

Alto SaxMarimba 1/Xylophone (1 Person)
Tenor SaxMarimba 2
Bari SaxSynthesizer
Trumpet 1,2Timpani
MellophoneAuxiliary Percussion
TromboneSnare Drums
BaritoneTenor Drums (5 drums)
Tuba*4 Bass Drums
 *5 BD part available upon request


The woodwind section is a key element in both the development of the show and a feature texture which provides color and the much needed balance to any successful package.
  • There are articulate passages with sixteenth note patterns which are part of the main melodic motif.
  • Some intervallic challenge is present with some moderate leaps also in most cases part of the melodic material.
  • Gershwin of course is famous for jazz riffs etc. which may be a bit unfamiliar to younger musicians but these moments do repeat throughout the program and will be very accessible upon practice.
  • Some solo opportunities also present as well for the woodwind voice.
The brass voice in this package is key to it's success. 
  • Trumpets and horns have some moderately articulate passages with the same intervallic challenge also found in the woodwind voice...part and parcel of the main melodic motifs.
  • All brass ranges are moderate and in many cases on the staff.
  • The low brass are scored often in open structure where again some of the chordal structures are jazz oriented and may take a little practice to hear these somewhat sophisticated harmonies.
  • There are also several solo and small combo opportunities for your stronger players.

The front ensemble music would be considered around grade 4 (Upper level A-class or lower Open class by WGI classification) due to several quick 2 mallet phrases as well as a few 4 mallet permutations in the marimba and vibraphone voices.  Musical difficulty can be adjusted through the customiztion menu.  Here is a breakdown of the skillsets required for the front ensemble:


  • several grace note passages
  • Double stopped 8th notes at 132BPM
  • 16th note triplet diatonic passages at 124BPM
  • 16th note passages at 124 - 152BPM (some with larger leaps)
  • 3-mallet quarter note triple stops 


  • Mostly quarter note, half note, and whole note passages with the occasional grace notes and 8th notes


  • Grace note figures
  • 16th note passages at 124 - 152BPM
  • sextuplet chromatic runs at 124BPM
  • 8th note based 4-mallet permutations at 124 - 152BPM
  • 16th note runs at 152BPM


  • 4 mallet dead strokes
  • Very fast 16th note xylophone licks (with leaping intervals)
  • 16th note into 16th note triplets at 124BPM
  • Various 8th-note based 4-mallet permutations


  • Piano Patch the entire show
  • Mainly used to reinforce mallet parts


  • many basic quarter note and 8th note rhythms
  • Some extended 8th note upbeat passages
  • Dotted 8th-sixteenth rhythms at times
  • Some pitch changes on the fly required

Auxiliary Percussion

Some traditional "rack percussion parts" with some quasi "trap set" moments throughout.  Very manageable.  List of instruments:

  • Splash
  • China
  • Temple Blocks
  • Brake Drums (2)
  • Concert Bass Drum
  • Tam-Tam
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • High-tom
  • Low-Tom
  • Concert Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Congas
  • Triangle

The battery music is generally sits at a grade 2 (equivalent of Regional A-Class by WGI standards).  Difficulty level can be adjusted through the customization menu.  Here is a breakdown of the skillsets in each section:

Snare Drums

  • Stick Shots
  • 16th note triplet single stroke stickings at 124BPM
  • Triplet Rolls at 132 - 144BPM
  • Flams at various tempi
  • 16th note paradiddle stickings at 132 - 144BPM
  • Brush implements needed for various parts in the show
  • 8th note flam tap rudiments at 152BPM

Tenor Drums

  • Contains ALL the same skillsets as the snare drums
  • Movement around the drums contains NO sweeps or cross-over patterns

Bass Drums

  • Syncopated 8th note and 16th note unison patterns
  • Very basic 16th note splits (usually 4 notes per drum)
  • Playing with one hand while muffling with the other hand required throughout
  • Very basic 8th note splits
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