Stix and Out
Jazz Ensemble Level 3.5 -Drum Feature
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If you have an intermediate band (in the Level 3 range) and have a great drummer, here's the chart for you. It's a drum feature that takes a simple repeated idea and lets the drummer let rip between repetitions. There's also opportunities for solos from the trombone and tenor saxophone. It's a fun and energetic chart and has featured live with the Daryl McKenzie Jazz Orchestra on many occasions.
Oh, and what's with the title?
In Australia the main bat and ball game is of course cricket and playing backyard cricket is culturally a right of passage in your youth. If a batsman in traditional cricket hits the ball out of the playing field they are awarded a 'six'. That's six runs added to their total.
In backyard cricket, hitting the ball over the neighbour's fence, while rewarding, is a bit of a pain so the standard adaption is 'Six and Out' meaning you get the 6 runs but you are also out.
Additionally, a great Melbourne Drummer and good friend of mine who helped advise on the drum part for this chart is David 'Stix' Hicks. Hence the title 'Stix and Out' came about. Let's hope your drummer likewise 'hits it out of the park'!
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