Diamond in the Rough

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Grade Level

Medium-Easy; Medium

Diamond in the Rough

Through wonderful source material, including Rihanna’s “Diamonds”, we explore all facets of a diamond in this impactful show that works on multiple levels.  Not only does this show lend itself perfectly to a visual reveal of diamonds, it also is an opportunity to help teach your students that we are all a Diamond in the Rough.

The angular opener depicts the rough beginning before the diamond is revealed.  After the opening hit, soli moments passed around the ensemble help you take the eye and ear from one section to another.  With dark uniforms and flags and creative drill design, you can explore the compression and rough exterior before the diamond is revealed.

The ballad is the perfect opportunity to chip away at the rough exterior and begin to expose the diamond within through the use of a beautiful love theme combined with Rihanna’s “Diamonds.” Consider a gradual color guard uniform or color pallet change here from darks to bright and iridescent for maximum impact at the ballad climax.  The impact, using Rihanna’s familiar theme, is the perfect time for a prop change to reveal a shining, shimmering diamond.

The closer lets you fully display the diamond with the use of “Palladio” by Karl Jenkins, made popular in jewelry commercials, before revisiting Rihanna’s famous hit. This would be a wonderful opportunity to add sparkle and shine to everyone on the field through bright flags, props, and perhaps a simple uniform transition for the band.  Consider the use of lighting to really take this show to a new level.

Not only an effective and impactful show, but the perfect opportunity to help teach your student’s through performance about their own inner value and worth. We are all truly Diamonds in the Rough!

We are happy to help with ideas to help make this show a visual gem!

Copyright permission is required for this show.

Contact us for information about a cool Rhianna sample available for the drum feature in Mvt. 3.

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Product Description

Diamond in the Rough

Medium-Easy; Medium

Composed/Arranged by Matt Hightower.  Percussion by Brian Flack.

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Copyright permission is required for this show.

Pricing Includes:

  • Customization
  • Regional exclusivity
  • Customized wind scores and parts (pdf)
  • Partial pit scores (Full percussion available for an additional fee)

Customization Can Include:

  • Changing solos
  • Reducing number of parts
  • Simplifying or “beefing up” any part
  • Cuts
  • Adding new phrases

Additional Information

Grade Level

Medium-Easy; Medium

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