NEW SOLO & ENSEMBLE TITLES FOR 2014, visit us at PASIC, Indiana titles added, VDL Tip: Why NOT to update your operating system, Artist Spotlight - David Reeves
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November 2013 Newsletter


  • 34 brand new concert titles—signed, sealed, and delivered…check!
  • Warehouse extended for ever-expanding catalog…check!
  • Over a ton (literally) of stuff freighted to Indianapolis for PASIC…check!
  • Celebratory microbrew IPAs consumed…check!
We have been tremendously busy as of late, and we're also tremendously proud of the results. This could very well be the best batch of work we've produced to date. Details below…check!
Jim and Murray expanding the warehouse
Jim and Murray take a quick hammer break to enjoy a treat from the Portland microbrewery next door. They’ll get back to expanding the Tapspace warehouse to make room for the ever-growing catalog soon.
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What's Happening


 New 2014 Solo & Ensemble Titles

We’ve been hard at work creating our largest batch of new releases ever! Without further ado, we are proud to announce over 30 new solo and ensemble titles for the 2014 season!
PASIC 2013


That's right. From November 13-16, 2013, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) takes place in Indianapolis, Indiana. PASIC is the largest percussion event in the world featuring over 120 concerts, clinics, master classes, labs, workshops, panels and presentations.

Come visit Tapspace in Booths 338, 340. We'll be there with our entire catalog as well as Virtual Drumline info, iPad listening stations, Tap-Off practice pads, and the friendly service you've come to expect from Tapspace!



The Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) just finished a major revision of their Required Music List for Group I. If you’re a Hoosier, you’ve six years to tackle these titles (this new list is in effect through the 2018–19 school year). If you have no idea what a Hoosier is and are worried that it’s a NSFW Google, that’s okay too. This selection of Solos and Ensembles from our extensive catalog is a great place to start searching for your festival performance no matter where you live.


You may also use our website's filter feature to search by duration, difficulty, style, number of players, and state list, including those from Florida, Missouri, and Texas.

Click here for an overview of all the titles on the Indiana list.

"Look Inside" all pieces at


That's right. ALL of our titles offer you a preview of the score by clicking on the Look Inside icon. Regardless of whether you're viewing on your laptop, smartphone, tablet, or desktop PC, you can take a close, inside look before you buy. Give it a whirl!

Featured Items

Meanwhile in a Parallel Universe by Jim Casella

Meanwhile in a Parallel Universe

for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble
by Jim Casella

Meanwhile in a Parallel Universe is an energetic new work by Jim Casella which features a virtuosic solo marimbist accompanied by 8 multipercussionists. Composed in three connected sections, these episodic movements are unique in personality, yet closely related through their harmonic and rhythmic DNA.
Salutations by Murray Gusseck


Exercises to Enlighten your Hands
by Murray Gusseck

Salutations is the first release in Murray Gusseck'Â’s new Stick Yoga series. 51 minutes of video lessons will take you through Gusseck's unique approach to developing ALL the muscles in the fingers, wrists, and arms in a way that is both healthy and fun!

Virtual Drumline Tip

Mac OS X Mavericks

See that 'X' in the Mavericks logo? Maybe it means "DON'T DO IT!" Not at least until you've done some research on compatibility with your most-used applications, plugins, drivers, and hardware peripherals.

Many of you have probably heard the recent news that Apple just released their latest version of OS X, version 10.9 (aka "Mavericks"). You may have already been tempted to update. However, before clicking that big shiny "update" button, we advise you to STEP AWAY from the mouse, trackpad, or stylus, and give this decision some rational thought.

This tip isn't just for Mac users. This goes for anyone who uses a computer for their livelihood. The operating system (OS) is the nerve center of your computer and without it, you'd basically just have an expensive paper weight. You want your OS to work well - not just by itself, but with everything you use your machine for. Here are some things that you, as a Virtual Drumline user, may want to be careful with.

Take inventory of your lifeline applications

Not every software developer will have had the time to fully test their software on pre-release versions of the new OS. Before you update your OS, you'll want to check with the developers of your most-used software tools to see if they have information on how their programs will work on the new OS. 

Take Native Instruments' Kontakt for example. Kontakt is the sample player that loads your Virtual Drumline sounds. Some people have to use Kontakt 4 for compatibility in Sibelius 6. Others use Kontakt 5 in Sibelius 7, while others are still using Kontakt Player 2 in different environments. Each of these versions of Kontakt may behave differently in a new OS. At the current time, we're still awaiting details from Native Instruments as to how well different versions of Kontakt behave in the latest version of Mac OS X. We do not recommend updating your OS until further information about Kontakt compatibility is available.

Other important apps to consider might be Finale, Sibelius, Pro Tools, SmartMusic, Cubase, Digital Performer, Logic Pro, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Chrome, Parallels, Adobe Photoshop, Flash Player, PyWare 3D, etc. Depending on what type of work you do, there will typically be a core set of critical 'lifeline' applications that you MUST have to be able to work. Don't update your OS until you know they're going to work. And bear in mind…the developer may not know for a while.

It's more than just apps

Do you use any third-party music plugins? Kontakt is a perfect example. In addition to being a standalone application in which you can load your VDL instruments, it's also vital as a plugin. If your Kontakt plugins break, then all those VDL instruments you rely on to load into your favorite notation software application aren't going to work. Designers, musicians, and video editors often rely on plugins, so it's best to make sure they're going to continue functioning before taking the plunge.

Do you use a MIDI keyboard? If so, you'd better make sure the necessary MIDI drivers aren't going to break after migrating to the new OS.

Do you use a fancy mouse? Check that its drivers are going to continue working.

How about your printer? Check the model number on the manufacturer's website and make sure it's still going to work after you install the new OS. 

Does your ensemble or studio use a digital mixing console that connects to your computer? Be sure to research if this device has hardware drivers that are compatible with the new OS.

Do you use a special audio interface for playback? Check with the manufacturer to see if they have drivers that are compatible with your new OS.

Do you use an external DVD or CD burner or scanner? All together now -- Check with the manufacturer on compatibility with the latest OS.

If it ain't broke...

We love staying up-to-date with the latest and greatest technologies as much as the next dude/dudette. However, like most of you, we're also really busy and can't afford for our primary tools to break while we wait for patches and updates from different developers. As we like to say, "If it ain't broke, don't break it."

Artist Spotlight


David ReevesDavid Reeves is one of today's most creative and sought-after percussion composers and arrangers. With a wide range of musical background and influences, Reeves maintains a busy career composing music for concert ensembles, marching bands, and drumlines across America.
Aside from being richly talented, David is one of our best friends, and has been since the late 90's when we all taught the Santa Clara Vanguard together. We're proud to play the role of publisher to some of his best musical creations.

In this month's artist spotlight, we asked David to answer some random questions to shed light on his reading habits and forgetfulness, and to prove that great composers named David Reeves occur in threes.

Who is your favorite author?

Bill Bryson

Who would be cast to play the role of "you" in a movie, and why?

There is a well-known Australian composer, a famous English footballer, and another famous composer who pre-dated J.P. Sousa, all named David Reeves. Any of these gentlemen will do. If they are not available, Christopher Guest. 

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Hardware Wars

What are you reading right now?

Brothers K (for me) and Harry Potter 4 (to my kids)

What is your favorite memory?

I can't remember.

Favorite Teaching Tools

Hammer & Sickle

Biggest musical influence.

Impossible to answer. It changes constantly.

What's you're favorite TV show?

Foyle's War

Would you rather win the lottery or find your perfect job?

Win the lottery. I already have the perfect job.

What is your favorite food?

Phad Thai, followed closely by Panang Curry which only barely edges out Chicken Tikka Masala.
Learn more about David, and browse his Tapspace pieces here!

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So please, take a few minutes, visit our Submit Concert Programs page and help us support creativity in percussion.

Video Submission of the Month

Submitted by Jonathan Fox and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory percussion ensemble (Singapore), from their performance of "Katraterra" by Jim Casella.

To share videos of your latest performances of Tapspace music, click here. We'll look forward to hearing what you're doing with our music, and maybe we'll feature you here!

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