Drum cadences and music for drumline

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A drum cadence is a rythmic phrase, mostly improvised, that marks a change in a music piece. A cadence indicates that something in the excution is ‘changin’ entrusting a soloist to introduce a new mood, signature or chapter in the musical performance.

A cadenza (the orginal italian word for cadence) is also “a drumline piece played in a parading marching band between or in place of full-band pieces and a chant that is sung by military personnel while parading or marching”.

A Cadenza is “an extended, improvisatory style section inserted near the end of movement. The purpose of a cadenza is to give singers or players a chance to exhibit their technical skill and – not last – their ability to improvise. Since the middle of the 19th century, however, most cadences have been written down by the composer”. (from Lilypond music glossary)

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  • Ocpd, Ossessive compulsive percussion disorder: the drumline sheet music paradise. Cadences, exercises, warm-ups, battery music from the best Usa drumlines (Blue Knights, Cavaliers, Colts, Esperanza, Madison Scouts, Glassmen, Blue Devils and many, many more)
  • Drumlines.org – Cadences forum: discussion, mp3 file, sheets. One of the best place to get ideas and discuss with other (snare) drummers

Snare drum cadences, rudimental and drumline sheet music, drum exercises, chops and warm up (legal and free)