X! (Full Instrumentation)
Style: | Difficulty: Medium | Grade: 3
Composed by: Key Poulan, Shawn Glyde and Dan Bryan
Originally commissioned by: Davis H.S., Modesto, California - Dan Bryan, Director
Published By: Key Poulan Music
X! (the 24th letter of the basic modern Latin alphabet) can mean many things to many people! Romans used it to represent the number 10. In mathematics, X can be an independent variable as well as an indication that items need to be multiplied. We even use X's to show affection as in "XOXO - kisses and hugs". X's can even be used for "the unknown" such as person X or place x. In X!, the single letter replaces the prefix "ex" in a delightful play on words. The show X! fosters a strong visual identity while supporting themes tied together through the creative use of the prefix!
Mvt. 1: "X-Clamation & X-Celeration" X-Clamation starts with an impactful moment geared to startle or surprise the audience. X-Celeration takes us on an upward journey through the use of a constant increase in speed. Velocity is created through the use of increasingly dense rhythmic material from the beginning to the up-tempo moments by the end of the movement.
Mvt. 2: "X-Haustion" X-Haustion is a contrasting movement with a heaviness related to both physical and mental fatigue. Sounds of a laborious and repetitive low voice line coupled with the dropping of heavy chains creates an atmosphere of endless and relentless work.
Mvt. 3: "X-Aggeration, X-Otic, & X-Plosion" X-Aggeration creates great contrasts within volumes, scoring, and rhythmic densities. A wide expanse between the various elements of the ensemble creates many opportunities for visual exaggeration as well. X-Otic takes the listener to a place where he/she has never been before. Through the use of a rhythmic feel, the mysterious and uplifting music sets that stage for something excitingly unique. X-Plosion completes the journey through X! by creating opportunities of loud blasts and crashes before setting the stage for the rapid conclusion.
Show Specific Add-Ons
Many KPM shows are now available with effective drill. The drill options include stock, modified stock or custom drill packages and are all reasonably priced. Drill comes pre-designed for small, medium and large bands and can be modified to your instrumentation by the writer. Custom drills are also available!
T-Shirts with officially licensed "show specific" artwork by Key Poulan Music are available for as little as $12.00!
ClickTrax are pre-recorded click tracks designed for indoor and outdoor rehearsals. The ensemble will be able to rehearse with perfect performance tempi, accelerandos, rallentandos, and ritardandos. ClickTrax have count-off clicks and start at every possible drill phrase of the show which saves hours of rehearsal time! ClickTrax are available for this show in a high quality mp3 format!
SmartMusic® files are available for those of you who use SmartMusic® as a means for student evaluation.
Production Sheets are expanded and detailed count sheets intended for drill designers with valuable information regarding the staging of instruments and other elements.
Show appropriate flag designs are available for your color guard! Our flag designs support the intended concept of a show by Key Poulan Music.
Guard Costume Designs enhance the overall look and feel of the color guard! Create visual interest and be remembered by designs which give you a fully produced package for a show by Key Poulan Music.
General Add Ons
Be prepared all year long with a warm up program designed to develop warm up, tune, and rehearse ensemble fundamentals needed for a successful musical performance for all Key Poulan Music works.
There's nothing like a great backfield performance of previous Santa Clara Vanguard chord progressions that are designed to energize not only the members of your band but the audience as well.
The cornerstone program of Key Poulan's musical successes as a band director. This extremely comprehensive, self-paced individualized music skills program is designed to foster the development of high school students into solidly literate musicians.