Harvey Minchin is dedicated to providing quality sheet music to musicians at every level. Selections available will be increasing rapidly so check back often for the newest pieces.

I feature a variety of Percussion Ensemble music - from duos and trios to full ensembles. Whether your school has a Percussion Ensemble, you are looking for a Percussion Feature for your next concert or you are looking for music for lessons, you'll find everything you need here.

Yes, we have buckets - solos, duets and quartets for buckets.
Each part can be played by multiple players to allow for large groups. 

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Percussion Ensemble with Mallets
Song Title Composer/Arranger Level - Difficulty Number of Players Duration

Riding the Waves on a Drum

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Harvey Minchin

Middle/Jr. High School - Medium
High School - Easy
8-13 Players - Bells, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Marimba, Bass Marimba (Both Marimba parts can be played on the same 4 octave Marimba), Bongos (or high toms), Tambourine*, Cowbell/Triangle, Wood Block*, Maracas*, Vibra Slap/Finger Cymbals* and Drum Set, Bass Guitar*.
(* Indicates optional part.) 
2:56
Riding The Waves On A Drum is a fun, melodic piece written for a Middle School, Junior High or High School Percussion Ensemble. If your school does not have a Percussion Ensemble, this piece also can be used as a Percussion Section Feature at any concert. The piece is a great exercise in ensemble playing for younger groups as the mallet parts share the melody and each part is of equal importance while the other percussion parts work together to provide a strong, steady rhythm. For more experienced ensembles, this piece provides a great addition to any concert and may not require as much rehearsal time as more difficult pieces. The catchy melody and solid beat make this piece fun for the performers and very audience friendly.
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Song Title Composer/Arranger Level - Difficulty Number of Players Duration

Stars and Stripes Forever
for Percussion Ensemble

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By John Phillip Sousa
Arranged by Harvey Minchin

High School - Advanced
College - Medium
11-16 Players - Bells, Xylophone, 2 Vibraphones, 4 Marimba Parts (Can be played on 2 marimbas, one 4 1/3 octave and one 4 octave or greater), Chimes*, Timpani 4*, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Cymbals, Concert Toms 4* Cowbell*, Triangle*.
(* Indicates optional part.) 
3:40
This arrangement of this classic Sousa march is the perfect piece for any percussion ensemble concert - as an opener, closer or encore.
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Mallet Solos, Duos, Trios, Quartets

Song Title Composer/Arranger Level - Difficulty Number of Players Duration

Battle Hymn Of The Republic

Words by Julia Ward Howe
Music by William Steffe
Arranged by Harvey Minchin

Elementary School - Medium
Middle/Jr. High School - Easy
2 Players - Marimba - Can be played on the same 4 1/3 octave, or higher, marimba.  3:05
This marimba duet of The Battle Hymn Of The Republic is a wonderful arrangement for school percussionists. This piece starts soft and mellow and builds to a grand march by the end. Marimba 2 player must read both treble and bass clefs.
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Marimba Christmas For Two
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Traditional
Arranged by Harvey Minchin

Elementary School - Medium
Middle/Jr. High School - Easy
2 Players - Marimba - Can be played on the same 4 octave, or higher, marimba.  3:05
This beautiful arrangement of three classic Christmas pieces - Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, Silent Night and Jingle Bells - is perfect for any Elementary or Middle School holiday concert.
The Marimba 2 (Bass Marimba) part is written in bass clef and an optional treble clef version is included (to be played an octave lower then written). The Marimba 1 part can be played on a Xylophone or Vibraphone if desired - or could be doubled on the other instruments.
This arrangement is perfect for a Percussion Ensemble or as a mallet percussion feature during a band, or even a choir, concert.
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Song Title Composer/Arranger Level - Difficulty Number of Players Duration

What Child Is This?
For Marimba Trio
On 1 Marimba
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Traditional
Arranged by Harvey Minchin

Middle/Jr. High School - Medium
High School - Easy
3 Players - Marimba - Can be played on the same 4 octave, or higher, marimba.  2:20
This beautiful arrangement of the classic Christmas piece is perfect for any Middle School, Jr. High or High School holiday concert.
This arrangement is perfect for a Percussion Ensemble or as a mallet percussion feature during a band, or even a choir, concert.
You can also listen to the arrangement on YouTube by clicking here
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Percussion Solos, Duos, Trios, Quartets (No Mallets)

Song Title Composer/Arranger Level - Difficulty Number of Players Duration

Snare Drum Solos Collection 1

Harvey Minchin

Elementary or Middle School - Easy 1 - Snare Drum Soloist   
Collection of 7 Snare Drum Solos starting with easy pieces for beginners and progressing to intermediate pieces for players who can play many rudiments. The collection is available through JW Pepper and the collection, plus the individual solos, are available through Sheet Music Plus.
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A preview is available through JW Pepper - previews and MP3s are available through SMP, click on the solo title in the column to the right to view and listen to each.

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Click each solo name below to view and listen to each solo.
Double It
Hop Over
Three Taps
Triple Hit
Switch It Up
Flam Mania
Peanut Rolls
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Double Time For Two Snares

Harvey Minchin

Elementary, Middle School or High School - Intermediate 2 Players - 2 different pitched snare drums.  3:20
Double Time For Two Snares is a fun, challenging duet for 2 snare drums of different pitches. The piece switches between 4/4 and 12/8 time signatures. There is a solo section that allows each player to showcase their rudimental skills.
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Three Times The Fun
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Harvey Minchin

Elementary or Middle School - Easy 3 Players - 2 High Concert Toms (Or Bongos), 2 Low Concert Toms and Bass Drum  Mvt. 1 - 2:00
Mvt. 2 - 2:10
Mvt. 3 - 2:05
Three Times The Fun contains 3 movements for 3 players. This piece is perfect for beginner percussion students as they learn to play together as an ensemble. The piece is great for a percussion ensemble concert, as a percussion feature for any school concert or for group lessons. Perform 1, 2 or all 3 movements at a concert. The movements can be performed by the same trio of players or each movement can be performed by a different trio giving more players a chance to perform.
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Bucket Pieces - Solos, Duets, Trios - or Multiple Players on Each Part (Or Drums)

Any type of buckets may be used and should be selected to achieve an appropriate difference in pitches. The bucket part can be played on a small to 
mid-size bucket (such as a 5-gallon bucket) and the bass parts can be played on large storage buckets or plastic trash cans.

The pieces can be performed with one player on each part of any number of players per part.
The purchaser has permission to copy each part for the number of players for each.

All the pieces can also be performed on drums using  toms for the bucket part and a bass drum for the bass part.
The pieces range in difficulty from beginner to advanced and can be performed by a percussion ensemble or as a drum feature at any school concert.

Song Title Composer/Arranger Level - Difficulty Number of Players Duration

Time To Move

Harvey Minchin

Elementary or Middle School - Easy 2 Players - Small to Medium Bucket & Bass Bucket  2:20
Time To Move was written for beginner to intermediate players and is perfect for concerts or group lessons. Players experience performing as part of an ensemble and learn how to concentrate on their part while listening to the other player(s). This piece contains quarter notes eighth notes and sixteenth notes and is in the 4/4 time signature.
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Song Title Composer/Arranger Level - Difficulty Number of Players Duration

Follow Me

Harvey Minchin

Elementary or Middle School - Easy 2 Players - Small to Medium Bucket & Bass Bucket  2:15
Follow Me was written for beginner players and is perfect for concerts or group lessons. Players experience performing as part of an ensemble and learn how to concentrate on their part while listening to the other player(s). This piece contains quarter notes and eighth notes and is in the 4/4 time signature.
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On Our Way

Harvey Minchin

Elementary or Middle School - Medium Easy 2 Players - Small to Medium Bucket & Bass Bucket 2:45
What's Next was written for beginner players and is perfect for concerts or group lessons. Players experience performing as part of an ensemble and learn how to concentrate on their part while listening to the other player(s). This piece contains quarter notes, eighth notes and sixteenth notes and is in the 2/4 time signature.
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7 Bucket Series - Pieces for Various Size Groups Playing 7 Buckets (Or Drums)

The 7 Bucket Series contains percussion pieces written for various groups playing a variety of plastic buckets.

Any type of buckets may be used and should be selected to achieve an appropriate difference in pitches. The buckets can range in size from small sand buckets
to mid-size mop buckets to 5-gallon buckets and the bass parts can be played on large storage buckets or trash cans.
Buckets can be mounted on drum or cymbal stands with rope, tape or holes can be drilled in the buckets for mounting.

If 7 different size buckets are not available, using similar buckets can work by altering the pitch. This can be done by cutting buckets to various depths or by
adding cardboard circles inside the buckets at various depths. The shorter the bucket, the higher the pitch -
or the closer to the head the cardboard is placed, the higher the pitch.

All the pieces in the series can also be performed on drums using small concert toms (or bongos) for the high parts, toms for the medium and low parts and a bass drum for the bass part.
The series contains pieces ranging in difficulty from beginner to advanced and can be performed by a percussion ensemble or as a drum feature at any school concert.
Parts can be played by one player on each part or multiple players on each. The pieces also work great for group lessons.

Song Title Composer/Arranger Level - Difficulty Number of Players Duration

The Beginning
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Harvey Minchin

Elementary or Middle School - Easy
4 Players - 2 High Buckets (Or Bongos), 2 Medium Buckets (Or Medium Toms), 2 Low Buckets (Or Low Toms) Bass Bucket (Or Bass Drum)  2:30
The Beginning was written for beginner groups and is perfect for concerts or group lessons. Players experience performing as part of an ensemble and learn how to concentrate on their part while listening to the other players. Along with ensemble playing, players gain experience with note accuracy on multiple buckets (drums) and playing at a variety of dynamic levels.
This piece contains quarter notes and eighth notes and is in the 4/4 time signature.
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Song Title Composer/Arranger Level - Difficulty Number of Players Duration

What's Next
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Harvey Minchin

Elementary or Middle School - Easy
4 Players - 2 High Buckets (Or Bongos), 2 Medium Buckets (Or Medium Toms), 2 Low Buckets (Or Low Toms) Bass Bucket (Or Bass Drum)  2:15
What's Next was written for beginner groups and is perfect for concerts or group lessons. Players experience performing as part of an ensemble and learn how to concentrate on their part while listening to the other players. Along with ensemble playing, players gain experience with note accuracy on multiple buckets (drums) and playing at a variety of dynamic levels.
This piece contains quarter notes and eighth notes and is in the 3/4 time signature.
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Song Title Composer/Arranger Level - Difficulty Number of Players Duration

Move Along
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Harvey Minchin

Elementary or Middle School - Intermediate
4 Players - 2 High Buckets (Or Bongos), 2 Medium Buckets (Or Medium Toms), 2 Low Buckets (Or Low Toms) Bass Bucket (Or Bass Drum)  2:20
Move Along was written for intermediate groups and is perfect for concerts or group lessons. Players experience performing as part of an ensemble and learn how to concentrate on their part while listening to the other players. Along with ensemble playing, players gain experience with note accuracy on multiple buckets (drums) and playing at a variety of dynamic levels.
This piece contains sixteenth notes, eighth notes and either note triplets and  and is in the 4/4 time signature.
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Song Title Composer/Arranger Level - Difficulty Number of Players Duration

Sea Side Shuffle

Harvey Minchin

Middle School, Jr. High or High School - Intermediate
4 Players - 2 High Buckets (Or Bongos), 2 Medium Buckets (Or Medium Toms), 2 Low Buckets (Or Low Toms) Bass Bucket (Or Bass Drum)  3:59
Sea Side Shuffle was written for intermediate groups and is perfect for concerts or group lessons. Players experience performing as part of an ensemble and learn how to concentrate on their part while listening to the other players. Along with ensemble playing, players gain experience with note accuracy on multiple buckets (drums) and playing at a variety of dynamic levels.
This piece is written in 12/8, it has a fun bounce and triplet feel and would be perfect for a middle school, Jr. high or high school percussion feature at any concert. 
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Song Title Composer/Arranger Level - Difficulty Number of Players Duration

Back To The Basics

Harvey Minchin

Elementary or Middle School - Easy 4 Players - 2 High Buckets (Or Bongos), 2 Medium Buckets (Or Medium Toms), 2 Low Buckets (Or Low Toms) Bass Bucket (Or Bass Drum)  2:30
Back To The Basics was written for two levels of beginner players and is perfect for concerts or group lessons. The high and medium bucket parts include quarter and eighth notes and rests while the low and bass bucket parts include only quarter notes and rests. Players experience performing as part of an ensemble and learn how to concentrate on their part while listening to the other players. Along with ensemble playing, players gain experience with note accuracy on multiple buckets (drums) and playing at a variety of dynamic levels.
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If your ensemble has performed one of Harvey's pieces and you would like to have your review posted on this website, please e-mail the name of the piece, the name and location of the group, your name and e-mail address - and e-mail it to hminch@enter.net If you have an audio recording of a piece, let me know if it is posted on line or e-mail me the MP3. If you video record a piece and post it on the internet, please let me know the webpage, I would love to post a link to it on this website.

Bio - Harvey earned his BA in Music Performance, with a minor in computer science, from Trenton State College in 1987. As a percussion major, he studied with Tony DeNicola, a fabulous jazz drummer from the Trenton, NJ, area. Harvey also studied music arranging and arranged several pieces for the TSC Percussion Ensemble. He has been writing and arranging music including rock, pop, blues and for percussion ever since.

Harvey Minchin
PO Box 526
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
(908) 454-3797
E-Mail: harvey@minchin.net