A challenging and musical three-movement snare drum solo.The "Palindrome" includes a motif of two pairs of accents followed by three accents which ignores the retrograde and grows more prominent as the etude progresses.
Kettle's 'Four Solos for Snare Drum' use various playing areas of the snare drum, as well as an assortment of sticks, brushes and bare hands in order to maximize the timbral possibilities of the snare drum. This is a challenging and musical work, well worth the attention of the serious snare drummer. 'Four Solos' was published by Studio 4 Music in 1987.
A 1989 publication, 'Petite Suite' is a duet for early intermediate snare drummers. But it's not just a "straight" snare drum piece. In it, Kettle introduces developing players to the use of different areas of the drum, a variety of different strokes and the notation used to indicate these variations. This is not only an excellent pedagogical tool, but also a charming piece!
Rudimental Rascals, dedicated "to Solo and Ensemble Festival Adjudicators Everywhere," includes some great musical jokes. The tempo marking is "a shaky 108"; the piece begins with an audible count-off in the wrong rhythm; the players strike themselves and each other; a stick is dropped. But it's not just fun! The piece is also challenging technically and musically.
The Second Petite Suite takes up where the first Suite left off. It introduces one new effect and one new notation indication and is slightly more difficult. As with the first Suite, the movements may be performed individually or as a group.
Any or all of the 'Three Etudes for Snare Drum' would be an excellent choice for a festival or competition. These are serious, difficult and interesting solos, presenting serious snare drummers with a variety of opportunities to improve their skill and finesse.
Three orchestral style solos, using a variety of contemporary rhythmic and notational techniques. The drummer uses not only sticks and brushes, but hands and fingers to produce a wide variety of colors.