"Rails" as a Solution for Percussion Instrument Changes (Pitched/Unpitched)
I have been thinking quite a lot about how we can support instrument changes for percussion to include mixing pitched and non-pitched percussion responsibilities for a single performer.
While quite common in orchestral percussion, such instrument changes in musical theatre percussion or front ensemble percussion in marching groups are essential. For example:
In trying to come up with an effective solution for this, I started thinking about the actual physical construction and organization of these instruments, for example on the frame of a marimba is a rail which you can attach another instrument.
Using this metaphor, I came up with the concept of a "rail" added to a pitched percussion staff. This rail functions quite literally the same as the rail on an instrument frame might, enabling the ability to add and switch between nearly any non-pitched percussion instrument.
Propose to add "rails" to default templates for mixed pitched/unpitched percussion scenarios.