“When hinges creak, in doorless chambers. And strange and frightening sounds echo through the halls. Whenever candlelights flicker, where the air is deathly still, that is the time when ghosts are present. Practicing their terror, with ghoulish delight!”

An easy/intermediate indoor percussion show based off the famous Disneyland/Disney World Dark Ride, The Haunted Mansion.

Journey into the Haunted Mansion with the Ghost Host as your guide where you’ll encounter many ghouls and ghosts and wall to wall creeps…Can you find a way out?!

Written for: Snares, Tenors, 5 Tonal Basses, Marching Cymbals, Bells, Glock./Crotales, Xylophone, 2 Marimbas, 2 Vibraphones,Synth 1 (Organ), Synth 2 (Strings), Synth 3 (Samples), Bass Guitar, Timpani, Percussion 1&2.

Optional: Colorguard/ Actors.

  • Happy
  • Kelsey Williams
  • My Arrangements

Happy - Pharrell Williams Arr. Kelsey Williams (bandequates2life/musicequates2life) & Robert “Tex” Lazenbery

Full Percussion Ensemble Arrangement!!

Incomplete. Still gotta finish the bridge and then we’ll add the chorus a second time.

I did the FE parts and my percussion instructor did the battery parts. Hopefully my indoor perc ensemble Aftermath will be doing this for warm ups next season!! :D


Fractalia by Owen Clayton Condon

Preformed by Third Coast Percussion. 

This ensemble is one of my favorite pieces!

Check these guys out! They’re absolutely fantastic percussionist!


Chris, the gentleman on the timpani, is the arranger of this piece and one of the most amazing people that i’ve had the pleasure of getting to know.

Paradise (Arranged for percussion ensemble by Nico Mendoza and JP Gutierrez)
  • Paradise (Arranged for percussion ensemble by Nico Mendoza and JP Gutierrez)
  • Coldplay
  • Mayfair 2012

Finally completed, here’s the final draft of Coldplay’s “Paradise”, arranged for percussion ensemble by JP Gutierrez, and myself, Nico Mendoza

We plan on premiering this piece with the Mayfair High School Percussion Ensemble in May 2012. The performance will be on youtube then.


-Nico    3/23/12


Jabberwocky for voice/Sprechstimme, 3 trombones, and 4 percussionists (September 2010)

Premiered at on Nov. 2, 2010 by Bianca Hall (voice/Sprechstimme), Nathan Wood (tromb. 1), Matthew Smith (tromb. 2), Robert Todd (bass tromb.), Steven Wagner (perc. 1), Brian Cannady (perc. 2), Brandon Miller (perc. 3), and Sam Webster (perc. 4). Text by Lewis Carol (1902) (c. 6 min.).


So proud of my percussion ensemble.


Mayfair High School’s percussion ensemble perform “Heart and Soul” by Hoagy Carmichael, arranged by JP Gutierrez and myself.  The majority of the members of this ensemble are the battery (drumline) of Mayfair High School’s Monsoon Marching Corps

Winterguard and Middle School

A few people have told me that I should try having fundraisers or look for a nearby independent guard. Unfortunately, neither of these seem like they will work.

Since it’s another school’s program, they basically want the full payment right now. I could pay for maybe half of it, but definitely not all of it. And even if I would have enough time to raise money, there would be no one to help me out. All the band kids are trying to raise money to go to DC in the spring. So, that school is a no go.

I looked up some independent guards that are in my area. All of them are at least two hours away from where I am. Even though one is supposed to be in my county? My friend and I emailed them a while back, and they said that practiced would be in some place way outside our county. It’s the distance that’s a turn off, but the amount of gas it would take just to get there and back.

So, unfortunately, winterguard is not happening for me. Unless some miracle happens. I might end up doing percussion ensemble again, but we’ll have to wait and see.

My band director has stated many times this season that we aren’t doing a middle school program this year. Which is probably one of the dumbest things for him to do. At one school we had 19 girls. And I know that at least half of them really liked it, because they were in both of our sessions. The only thing was was that they were in 7th grade, so they couldn’t join. BUT they’re in 8th grade now, freshmen next year, so… this doesn’t make sense. He keeps saying stuff like “Oh, be prepared for a guard of three people next year.” I’ve told him MULTIPLE times that we have a lot of middle school girls that are actually interested in doing it. Not like dance team who were forced to do it and basically gypped me of a marching season. I can’t even look back at that show and think “Wow, I really loved that show.” There is no way that that’s happening again next year.

I’m getting off topic. The point is, I’m doing a middle school program, with or without my band director and guard coach. I won’t be able to do it during their school day like we did last year, but I’ll still do it. I won’t even make them come to our school. I’ll go over there, or a nearby park, or wherever. I won’t be able to teach them routines because I honestly don’t think I’m good enough to do stuff like that yet, but I’ll teach them old routines I know, or Tumblr Independent routines. Yeah! That’d be awesome!

So… yeah. That’s the battle plan. I’m getting the captain from last year to spread the word amongst the middle school girls. Wish me luck!


Pulse Percussion 2015- Behind a Warped Lens

3rd Place: 96.838

My arrangement of “Sail” by Awolnation for percussion ensemble. I typically arrange for intermediate level students/ensembles so this piece is easy-ish. This is a rough cut, I will continue to zazz it up (yes I am aware that some notes clash haha).

Bass Drum
Snare Drum (May substitute with drum set)

Some feedback from my trusty followers would be nice. Thanks, guys!

Ah I could especially use a percussionist’s opinion, thejunglenook