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Where’s My Jetpack? by John Parker

Where’s My Jetpack? by John Parker

– for 4-8 percussionists

– Downloadable PDF – Score, Parts & Audio

available here:


Watch the video here:


Info about the piece:

This piece was written during 2017 for the Marist College Ashgrove Percussion Ensemble 2. It was composed to “rock out” like John’s other tom pieces, but for a beginner to intermediate skill level group. It is scored for eight players on eight drums of ascending pitch. Feel free however to use any drums (or junk) you have lying around to make up the instrumentation.

“Where’s My Jetpack?” is composed of simple themes and variations. This is noted in the score and parts and hopefully gives the performers some context for what is happening compositionally in the music.

The parts are deliberately divided up into two players per stave so that the players can see how their part fits in with their nearest neighbour. For instance, in the top stave, Player 1 plays material with stems up and Player 2 plays material with stems down.

Separate parts (one player per stave) are also supplied if your players prefer this layout.

In addition to playing on the drum in the regular fashion, there are also “stick clicks” (unsurprisingly, two sticks clicking together) and “rims” where performers (you guessed it) play on the rim of the drum. Again this aspect of the composition can be substituted for a high pitched sound like a closed high hat or similar.

The piece is written for eight performers, however a group of intermediate to advanced level performers may wish to play the piece as a quartet with each player taking the stems up and down parts on each of the four staves.


Player 1 – Highest pitch drum
Player 2 – Not the highest pitch drum
Player 3 – Less high pitched drum than player 2 (but not as low pitched as player 4) Player 4 – I think you’re getting the idea…
Player 5 – Yep totally got it….
Player 6 – Less low pitched drum than player 7 (but not as high pitched as player 5) Player 7 – Not the lowest pitch drum
Player 8 – Lowest pitch drum


– Downloadable PDF – Score, Parts & Audio

available here:



Have a listen to the audio here:


Oxford Parker – Welcome to Brisneyland

16 years ago I put out this CD, and by “put out” I mean hundreds of them have gone nowhere except on moves from house to house. My music never really fit the mould and now boxes of CDs are sitting in around literally “fit for mould”. But “Hey!” you say. “What about that digital stuff you can do with internets?”. “Upload it for the world to hear?” I presumably might say in return. “But it’s not perfect”. INSERT HERE A FAMOUS QUOTE ABOUT PERFECTIONISM…
Well I’m proud of this “record”. I had a great time making it, but be forewarned, some of it’s hard listening. Kind of like a face only a mother could love, this mishmash of electro-acoustic works is more like the CD only a father could say he loves, whilst driving out to the forest in the middle of the night for an impromptu game of “find your way home”…

I’m going to sporadically put info about each track up on my WEBLOG infrequently and from tautological time to time.

Hope you enjoy…/welcome-to-brisneyland

Stephen Magnusson Trio – Doo Bop Monday 28th August

Super excited about playing with Stephen Magnusson again. It’s been too long!


Doo Bop Monday 28th August

Co-winner of the 2000 National Jazz Guitar Award at Wangaratta, Stephen Magnusson is one of the most versatile and distinctive musicians in Australia. Currently a member of Aria award winning ensemble Elixir with Katie Noonan, Stephen has performed and recorded with talented artists including Charlie Haden’s Music Liberation Orchestra, Meshell Ndegeocello, Rickie-Lee Jones, Tim Berne, Scott Tinkler, Ren Walters, George Garzone, Jim Black, Paul Grabowsky, Mike Nock, Julien Wilson and Vince Jones.

In addition to winning the Melbourne Music Prize in 2013, Magnusson’s Magnet (on LP and CD) won the 2013 Bell Australian Jazz Award for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year.


Stephen Magnusson: Guitars
Sam Pankhurst: Double Bass
John Parker: Drums and Cymbals

The music is primarily groove based exploring sounds and textures within Magnusson’s unmistakable sound.

“An artist with nothing to prove but much to say.”
– All About Jazz, USA


KINDRED (Katie Noonan & Zac Hurren) Presents: Stephen Magnusson Trio