“Fanfare Overture” from Luiz Fernando Teixeria, Jr

Luiz Fernando Teixiera Jr

This is one of a series to be presented here of percussion performances from Luiz Fernando Teixeria, Jr of Orquestra Sinfonica de Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, where he is a timpanist, and his outstanding students:

I've become interested in Mr. Teixeria because of his performing traditional style rudimental drumming, even within his more orchestral pieces. It was surprising to me to see a percussionist from Brazil composing and performing variations of old Anglo/American military camp duties, such as The 3-Camps and The Downfall of Paris, and using the traditional military stick grip, as well. He basically drums like we old drum corps types.

It all made sense when learning that Luiz Fernando Teixeira, a student of the prominent Brazilian percussionist and teacher, Ney Rosauro, is an ardent student of the snare drum and studied the great books of Charley Wilcoxon, John Wooton, Lalo Davila and others.

Learn more about the man:

Fanfare Overture, an original composition by Luiz, is an appropriate beginning of this compilation:

Below are the links to the notation for the full score and the various parts:

Full Score Bass Drum & Crash Cymbal Snare Drum

Suspended Cymbal Glockenspiel

Timpani Trumpet Tubular Bells


An Alternate Drum Part for “First of September”

The Germantown Ancients Early 1970s

A Drum Part for Tune, First of SeptemberSome time in the early 1970's, I asked a friend, Francis Germanero,  if he would take over the position of drum instructor for the Germantown Ancients.

Fran's background was not in fife & drum, he was at the time a tenor drummer for the champion drum & bugle corps, The Connecticut Hurricanes.

But Fran's snare drumming chops were superb, as well as his knowledge of and skill with applying the drum rudiments to music.

It was a significant departure and challenging task for him to now think about applying drum rudiments to essentially "ancient" folk tune and marches.

Fran did well with this undertaking, composing relatively simple drum parts, which fit the melody lines perfectly, and have a unique feel.

The drum part to our subject fife tune, The First of September, is perfect example of his work.

There is not too much to consider with this piece other than some sticking, dynamics and bass/snare role changes in the second time through.

Not shown on the accompanying notation is that the flam-taps going from the first measure into the first beat of the second measure have been played as inverted flam-taps. Of course, this is optional.

The suggested dynamics shown throughout the piece indicating medium loud to medium soft can be changed and performed at any load/soft dynamic.

In the "fill" part for the second time through, it is significant to know that, beside the obligatory sextuple-single-sevens replacing certain flamecues as played in the first time through, in measures 5-6 (23-24), the bass drums now play the paradiddles with the snare drums doing eighth note flam taps.

It's a simple and effective drum part for the First of September and one different from what one hears for the tune at muster jam sessions.

Get a PDF copy of Germ's First of September drum part.