Grade Level

Medium-Easy, Medium


Tragic draws inspiration from the numerous, talented musicians who have been taken from us too young. Visually, much of our inspiration is taken from one such tragic figure, Michael Jackson.

Musically and thematically, this show is tied together by the haunting motifs of Blue Oyster Cult’s Don’t Fear the Reaper. The first movement begins with Reaper, a grim foreshadowing of the ultimate tragedy to come, before layering in Jackson’s Smooth Criminal. The second movement uses Lennon’s Imagine to reflect on the tragedy of a career cut too short. Finally, the third movement uses Justin Timberlake’s Cry Me a River as the basis of a percussive dance off before transitioning to Billy Joel’s Only the Good Die Young as a final comment on the tragedy.

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Product Description


Medium-Easy, Medium

Composed/Arranged by John Fannin and Matt Hightower. Percussion by Josh Powell.

Optional services and products:

Drill design is available.  Contact us for more information.

Electronic sound design by Jeremy Thompson.  Contact for more information.

Flags and Color Guard Costumes are available from Band Shoppe.

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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

Show Images created with Pyware 3D®

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Additional Information

Grade Level

Medium-Easy, Medium