Mark Shelton shares his inspiration for writing Give Me A Bucket - a starter guide to bucket drumming:
"Bucket drumming has come to the elementary music classroom with teachers and students getting in on the fun of percussion with pails. Forming this type of ensemble is easy on the budget and provides a great vehicle for learning rhythms and exploring tone colors. A simple (yet well-played) bucket drumming piece can be a real crowd-pleaser on a concert.
When I wrote Give Me A Bucket
, I included a dozen short, easy-to-learn pieces for bucket ensemble along with rehearsal tips, a quick bucket tutorial, and a recording for study and inspiration. Give Me A Bucket
is your starter guide for bucket drumming—whether it’s elementary music students, middle school percussionists, or even teens or adults. You can find music for a wide range of reading and skill levels.
Your students can enjoy both polyphonic ensembles, scored for a few assorted instruments, as well as unison pieces that can be played by any number of performers. Doubling (or tripling) the parts on the polyphonic ensembles adds to the fun. The unison pieces have a certain visual appeal as the audience sees all hands and sticks moving in sync.
As a bucket drumming aficionado, I was excited by the release of the Rhythm Pals and Rhythm Lids along with the Snare Clip from the folks at Remo. The Rhythm Lids fit onto a standard plastic bucket and instantly give your pail a pre-tuned drum head tone. Available in four types, the Rhythm Lids allow you to expand your bucket drumming palette of timbres. Toss on a Snare Clip with a Rhythm Lid and you get an amazing snare drum sound from a five dollar bucket. You can easily incorporate these new tone colors into the music found in Give Me A Bucket.
Go ahead...grab a copy of Give Me A Bucket
, set up a few pails, hand your students some sticks, pass out the parts, and let the bucket jam begin."