This piece of ‘Fusion Drumming’ requires that all the performers have a firm knowledge of both American and Scottish snare, tenor, and bass drumming, and can be performed by either a Scottish Drum Corps, solo snare drum or Percussion Chamber Ensemble (min. 4 players). The work comprises nine segments: Opening, Scottish Hornpipe, Butt-Stroke Groove, Scottish Jig, Back-Sticking, Juggle March, Paradiddle Ram, Solos, and Kit Reynolds’ classic open roll segment as the Finale.
The initial conception was to create a piece for solo snare drum that could satisfy a variety of performing situations which included Renaissance Faires. After a solo performance of an early rendition an audience member remarked, “That was certainly a fair groove indeed!” The completed work’s title now bares this statement and performance arena. The musical intent is to entertain a wide variety of people while crossing the rudimental worlds developed in America and Scotland. To this end, performers will gain a greater understanding of these contrasting styles of drumming through the varied vocabulary, stylistic demands, and required techniques to suit the chosen instrumentation. This piece will no doubt challenge any performer and leave audiences cheering for more.