Trinity Drum Kit Exams: 2020-2023

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Aural
Trinity Aural Test books Grades 1 to 5
Trinity Aural Test books Grades 6 to 8

Sight Reading
Sight to Sound Grades 1 to 4
Sight to Sound Grades 5 to 8
Graded Percussion Sight Reading (Trinity) GSM 10608

Percussion Teacher’s Book: Ensembles and Accompaniments (Trinity) TG 006370

Initial Grade
Candidates perform a balanced programme of three pieces: two pieces from group A and one
piece from group B. An own composition may be played instead of the group B piece

Group A
Burgess, Act One Beginners, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Initial-Grade 2 (Trinity) TCL019073
Burgess, On the Right Foot, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Initial-Grade 2 (Trinity) TCL019073
Osborn, Caribbean Sunset, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Initial-Grade 2 (Trinity) TCL019073
Tracey, Blues for Inclusion, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Initial-Grade 2 (Trinity) TCL019073
Double, Ballad, Introducing Drum Kit (Trinity) TG008534
Double, Easy Does It, Introducing Drum Kit (Trinity) TG008534

Group B
Osborn, Grunk Funk, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Initial-Grade 2 (Trinity) TCL019073
Tracey, About Time, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Initial-Grade 2 (Trinity) TCL019073

Grade 1
Candidates perform a balanced programme of three pieces: two pieces from group A and one piece from group B. A maximum of one piece may be chosen from Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 1–2. An own composition may be played instead of the group B piece.

Group A
Burgess, Broadway Bounce, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Initial-Grade 2 (Trinity) TCL019073
Osborn, Gunning for Funk, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Initial-Grade 2 (Trinity) TCL019073
Osborn, In Seine, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Initial-Grade 2 (Trinity) TCL019073
Tracey, Soul Babes, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Initial-Grade 2 (Trinity) TCL019073
Ball, Jack in the Box, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 1-2 (Trinity) TCL018113
Ball, Strollin’ Thru’, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 1-2 (Trinity) TCL018113
Francis, Toe Tapper, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 1-2 (Trinity) TCL018113
Riley & Staples, Zigfunk, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 1-2 (Trinity) TCL018113
Tween & Taylor, Chicano, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 1-2 (Trinity) TCL018113
Wilshere, Zamalamaz, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 1-2 (Trinity) TCL018113

Group B
Burgess, Three Wise Monkeys, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Initial-Grade 2 (Trinity) TCL019073
Tracey, Count Me In, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Initial-Grade 2 (Trinity) TCL019073
Double, Valse, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 1-2 (Trinity) TCL018113
Hudson, Top Hat, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 1-2 (Trinity) TCL018113
Smith, Sunny Side Up, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 1-2 (Trinity) TCL018113
Wastell, Monkey March, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 1-2 (Trinity) TCL018113

Grade 2
Candidates perform a balanced programme of three pieces: two pieces from group A and one piece from group B. A maximum of one piece may be chosen from Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 1–2. An own composition may be played instead of the group B piece.

Group A
Burgess, Lava Lamp, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Initial-Grade 2 (Trinity) TCL019073
Burgess, NY Nights, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Initial-Grade 2 (Trinity) TCL019073
Osborn, Cherry Blue, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Initial-Grade 2 (Trinity) TCL019073
Tracey, Gently Does It, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Initial-Grade 2 (Trinity) TCL019073
Ball, Soft Cheese, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 1-2 (Trinity) TCL018113
Beer, Down on the Floor, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 1-2 (Trinity) TCL018113
Double, Feels Good, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 1-2 (Trinity) TCL018113
Gleadhill, Latin Groovers, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 1-2 (Trinity) TCL018113
Hassell, 12/8 Blues, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 1-2 (Trinity) TCL018113

Group B
Burgess, Triple Decker, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Initial-Grade 2 (Trinity) TCL019073
Osborn, No No Ñañigo, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Initial-Grade 2 (Trinity) TCL019073
Ball, The March Hare, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 1-2 (Trinity) TCL018113
Bartlett, Fill Drill, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 1-2 (Trinity) TCL018113
Double, It’s Alive, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 1-2 (Trinity) TCL018113
Robinson, Cleverstix, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 1-2 (Trinity) TCL018113
Salmins, Capricorn March, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 1-2 (Trinity) TCL018113

Grade 3
Candidates perform a balanced programme of three pieces: two pieces from group A and one piece from group B. A maximum of one piece may be chosen from Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 3–5. An own composition may be played instead of the group B piece.
for further guidance.

Group A
Brown, arr. Tracey, Joyspring, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL019080
Burgess, Mean Beanz, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL019080
Osborn, Bossa Favour, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL019080
Shaiman & Wittman, arr. Burgess, The Double Bubble Duchess (from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ), Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL019080
Beer, Soup, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL018120
Hassell, Funk One, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL018120
Riley & Staples, Meanstreak, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL018120
Tween & Taylor, Kiss of a Seal, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL018120

Group B
Osborn, Olé!, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL019080
Osborn, Three Line Whip, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL019080
Aldous, Triplicity, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL018120
Ball, Six Shots, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL018120
Bartlett, A Right Old Rumba, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL018120
Double, Big Foot Boogie, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL018120

Grade 4
Candidates perform a balanced programme of three pieces: two pieces from group A and one piece from group B. A maximum of one piece may be chosen from Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 3–5. An own composition may be played instead of the group B piece.
for further guidance.

Group A
Corea & Rodrigo, arr. Tracey, Spain, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL019080
Miranda, arr. Burgess, Helpless (from Hamilton), Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL019080
Osborn, Film Noir, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL019080
Tracey, Algo Latino, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL019080
Ball, Kalimbo, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL018120
Clarvis, When Stanley Met Astrid, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL018120
Miller, St Lucia Strut, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL018120
Robinson & Dutton, Movin’ On

Group B
Burgess, Step It Up, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL019080
Osborn, Kerfuffle Shuffle, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL019080
Aldous, Samba for One, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL018120
Francis, Monchique, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL018120
Gleadhill, Phats Funk, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL018120
Hudson, Groove Tree, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL018120

Grade 5
Candidates perform a balanced programme of three pieces: two pieces from group A and one piece from group B. A maximum of one piece may be chosen from Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 3–5. An own composition may be played instead of the group B piece.

Group A
Coleman & Zippel, arr. Burgess, The Buddy System (from City of Angels), Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL019080
Osborn, Snidey Kitten, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL019080
Osborn, Where’s Juan?, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL019080
Shorter, arr. Tracey, Footprints, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL019080
Bourbasquet & Khoury, Move Your Feet, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL018120
Double, Did You Mean It?, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL018120
Salmins, 2nd Line Strut, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL018120
Tchaikovsky, arr. Liston, Waltz of the Flowers, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL018120

Group B
Burgess, Gimme Five, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL019080
Osborn, Barrak’s Boogie, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL019080
Ball, Brush Strokes, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL018120
Francis, Shades of Tango, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL018120
Gleadhill, Bad Salad, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL018120
Smith, King Louis, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 3-5 (Trinity) TCL018120

Grade 6
Candidates perform a balanced programme of three pieces: two pieces from group A and one piece from group B. A maximum of one piece may be chosen from Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 6–8. An own composition may be played instead of the group B piece.

Group A
Herman, arr. Burgess, Overture (from La cage aux folles), Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Grades 6-8 (Trinity) TCL019097
Scott, arr. Osborn, Starsky and Hutch Theme (‘Gotcha’), Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Grades 6-8 (Trinity) TCL019097
Tizol, Mills & Ellington, arr. Tracey, Caravan, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Grades 6-8 (Trinity) TCL019097
Tracey, The Genius, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Grades 6-8 (Trinity) TCL019097
Ball, Hava Banhava, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 6-8 (Trinity) TCL018137
Miller, Sumo Song, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 6-8 (Trinity) TCL018137
Riley & Staples, Iron Horse, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 6-8 (Trinity) TCL018137

Group B
Burgess, Sept-a-Gone, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Grades 6-8 (Trinity) TCL019097
Osborn, Five Six, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Grades 6-8 (Trinity) TCL019097
Clarvis, Mongo’s Rug, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 6-8 (Trinity) TCL018137
Francis, Salema, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 6-8 (Trinity) TCL018137
Smith, Three’s a Crowd, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 6-8 (Trinity) TCL018137

Grade 7
Candidates perform a balanced programme of three pieces: two pieces from group A and one piece from group B. A maximum of one piece may be chosen from Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 6–8. An own composition may be played instead of the group B piece.

Group A
Greb, arr. Burgess, Couscous
Lloyd Webber, Black & Hampton, arr. Burgess, Sunset Boulevard (from Sunset Boulevard), Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Grades 6-8 (Trinity) TCL019097
Moreira & Fattoruso, arr. Osborn, Tombo in 7/4, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Grades 6-8 (Trinity) TCL019097
Tracey, 7 for 7, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Grades 6-8 (Trinity) TCL019097
Double, Lazybones, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 6-8 (Trinity) TCL018137
Hudson & Barnes, Blakesley Avenue, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 6-8 (Trinity) TCL018137
Miller, Traveller, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 6-8 (Trinity) TCL018137

Group B
Burgess, Funk Junk, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Grades 6-8 (Trinity) TCL019097
Osborn, Self Destruct, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Grades 6-8 (Trinity) TCL019097
Robinson, Off Limits, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 6-8 (Trinity) TCL018137
Smith, For Art’s Sake, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 6-8 (Trinity) TCL018137
Tween, Present and Correct, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 6-8 (Trinity) TCL018137

Grade 8
Candidates perform a balanced programme of three pieces: two pieces from group A and one piece from group B. A maximum of one piece may be chosen from Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 6–8. An own composition may be played instead of the group B piece.

Group A
Greb, arr. Burgess, Grebfruit, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Grades 6-8 (Trinity) TCL019097
Styne & Sondheim, arr. Burgess, Overture (from Gypsy), Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Grades 6-8 (Trinity) TCL019097
Tracey, The Lingo, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Grades 6-8 (Trinity) TCL019097
Tracey, Victory, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Grades 6-8 (Trinity) TCL019097
Clarvis, Lindsay’s Umbrella Dance, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 6-8 (Trinity) TCL018137
Salmins, Overture, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 6-8 (Trinity) TCL018137
Wastell, Purple Pumpkin, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 6-8 (Trinity) TCL018137

Group B
Burgess, Sucka Punch, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Grades 6-8 (Trinity) TCL019097
Osborn, Battercada, Drum Kit Exam Pieces 2020-2023: Grades 6-8 (Trinity) TCL019097
Miller, Swiss Swagger, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 6-8 (Trinity) TCL018137
Riley, 7evens, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 6-8 (Trinity) TCL018137
Schulman, Super High Five, Raise the Bar Drum Kit: Grades 6-8 (Trinity) TCL018137

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