Difficulty: 2.5

Phillip Ginn (Composer)
Drill available by Phillip Ginn

Take the law into your own hands.

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Listen to Vengeance *

* Audio renditions use sounds from Sibelius Sound Essentials and therefore may not fully represent the intention of the music or the intended final outcome.

Vengeance borrows from the darker legends of comic book lore. The tragedy of murder as a young child leads to a sorrowful childhood. Once grown up, the main character dons a mask and cape to rid his home city of the criminal element. Unexpectedly encountering his parents’ killer, the masked avenger exacts Vengeance, bringing the villain to justice.

This indoor percussion show is full of dark drama interspersed with the lightness of hope. It is heavy and passionate and full of opportunities for superheroics.
The front ensemble plays a huge musical role which frees up the battery to provide drive, texture, and the visual element. Vengeance is not a show to be trifled with!

Originally commissioned by the 2013 Lodi High School Drumline in Lodi, CA under the direction of Glen Guevara.



Difficulty Description

Basic 4-mallet work, including block chords and independent strokes; basic understanding of rudiments; odd time signatures; tempo changes; capable execution of musicality.


November 2012


Glockenspiel, Chimes, Xylophone, Vibraphone (2), Marimba, Timpani, Auxiliary Percussion, Snares, Tenors, Basses (4)

Drill by Phillip Ginn available!

Designed for a smaller battery, the drill design attempts to push the intermediate-level ensemble by concentrating on wide arcs, pass-throughs, pod formations, and short-to-long set transitions. It is staged in a manner that helps to embellish and highlight the battery music. 3 folding backdrops, originally 8'x 8' wide, are set on the floor. It is highly accomplishable for a battery that wants to begin marching at a more difficult level.

2 Snares
2 Tenors
4 Basses

Production Suggestions

The original show, proudly performed the 2013 Lodi High School Drumline, featured 3 8'x8' wide backdrops that folded in the middle, providing 6 8'x4' frames. Within each frame was a black-and-white painted comic book panel that visually outlined the story. Each frame was revealed one at a time as the story progressed.

Costumes were all black. The floor was white. In the middle of the show, the battery would don the masks and capes they'd been hiding.

The black-and-white color scheme was designed to bring an old-style pulp look and feel to the show.