Mark Tree

Here's a question for you percussionists our there.

In our area test piece for next year, Coventry Variations, the percussion part has an indication to use a Mark Tree. We are assuming that it is some sort of bell tree but looking through all the percussion catalogues we cannot find such an instrument. Any ideas as to what it is and where we get one???
 

Straightmute

Active Member
Mark Tree is the proper name for what we commonly call a Bell Tree, ie a row of fine metal tubes, suspended from a stand and then brushed lightly, like a wind chime. According to James Holland (Macdonald and Janes 1978) a Bell Tree (sometimes called a Jingling Johnny!) is more properly an upright pole with clusters of bells attached.

Enjoy!

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Cornishwomble

Active Member
Mike Saville said:
Cheers guys - that's simple then as wealready have one of these! :D
Thank God for that! We've got so much percussion equipment already that if we bought any more we'd have to upgrade our Mini van to an Arctic lorry!! :shock:
 

Straightmute

Active Member
Roy Taylor said:
We've got so much percussion equipment already that if we bought any more we'd have to upgrade our Mini van to an Arctic lorry!! :shock:
An Arctic lorry? You must be snowed under!

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Cornishwomble

Active Member
Believe me, it takes the whole band to help set them all up. The last big concert we did, we even had a big blacksmith's anvil! The percussion section take up more space than the band!
 

Railybobs

Member
An anvil? We find a small section of scaffolding covered at both ends hit with a solid metal lump hammer or a tubular bell mallet.

It must have looked nice on stage though.

Get some scaff and an angle grinder and keep taking bits off til you like the sound.... But remember.......... you can't put bit's back on if you think you've gone too far
 

HBB

Active Member
There are more percussion instruments in our band than players themselves, and even then it takes the whole practice to set it up .... hardly worth it! :D:D:D

We need a proper band room!
 

lynchie

Active Member
we used to have a brake drum from a lorry that we used as an anvil down at YB2K... I'm sure we got it entirely lawfully, and there are no lorry drivers currently wondering why that wall kept approaching so quickly!
 
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