Matt Altmire’s exciting and fast-paced percussion ensemble piece Escape Route features two timpanists who are supported by six percussionists. The timpanists share a full set of four drums, with the first timpanist (stage left) playing the 23” and 26” drums, and second (stage right) playing the 29” and 32” drums. With the drums orchestrated this way, the players often split parts and, if executed well, are able to sound like one cohesive timpanist.
The six accompanying parts are comprised of standard percussion instruments, which can be found in any band room, such as bass drum, cymbals, snare drums, tambourine, and triangle. This is a perfect way to showcase two performers and begin or conclude a percussion concert on a fun, energetic note!