Many people in the music education world are familiar with hybrid shows such as Stomp and Blast, combining traditional band, drum corps, and percussion performance with theatrics. Similarly to Stomp, this performance by members of the University of North Texas Percussion Ensemble utilizes an array of coffee cups, lids, stirrers, and cardboard sleeves to create an entertianing, yet musically intricate display. It is safe to say that they have fully explored the sonic capabilities of a common coffee cup. I recommend listening to this with either speakers or headphones with a full spectrum response so that you can fully appreciate the timbural differences they explore throughout.
This video was introduced to me this past weekend as part of a pre-season judges clinic for the Cavalcade of Bands Association. We used it and other videos to talk about the elements of adjudication, including musical, visual, and effect concepts. In the world of adjudication, where ranking and rating is what we do, we gave this performance a second place ranking. I will share the first place ranking in another post.