Spanish Traveler is the first movement of a three-movement suite for marching band. It incorporates Phrygian progressions and jazz harmonies to establish a cool Spanish setting. Mellophone, trombone, and trumpet soloists are featured against a strong front ensemble.
- Woodwinds: Piccolo; flute 1 and 2; clarinet 1 and 2; alto saxophone 1 and 2; and tenor saxophone.
- Brass: Trumpet 1, 2, and 3; mellophone 1 and 2; trombone 1 and 2; baritone; and tuba.
- Marching Percussion: Snare drum; tenor drum; four bass drums; and cymbals.
- Front Ensemble: Orchestra bells, mark tree, and vibraslap; vibraphone; marimba 1 and 2; chimes; 4-string bass guitar; and auxiliary percussion: sizzle cymbal; ride cymbal, bongos, concert bass drum, tam-tam, sleigh bells, triangle, and maracas (4)
- Ron Hess, Composer and Arranger
- Ron is a composer, percussionist, and University of Maryland music graduate based in Knoxville, TN. Adamant about keeping an open mind and getting as much information from as many diverse sources as possible, Ron has studied composing and arranging in workshop settings with Christopher Young (Spiderman 3, Ghost Rider, The Shipping News), Jason Graves (Tomb Raider, Dead Space) and Lennie Moore (Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Star Wars the Old Republic). Ron’s primary composition teachers include new music composer and percussionist Stuart Saunders Smith and Mark E. Wilson (The Phoenix). His percussion teachers include Dennis DeLucia, Dan Armstrong, and Pat Petrillo. Ron has marched with and taught some of the best drum lines in the country, including the Bridgemen, Bushwackers, and the WGI Championship Hatboro-Horsham indoor percussion ensemble. Ron has also instructed and consulted with percussion programs for Tournament of Band champions Lake Lehman and Hanover Area. Ron’s scholarly work can be found in Percussive Notes and Perspectives of New Music.
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