One visible feature of our band was David Rosenboom's percussion
rack. The usual jazz or rock and roll drummer gets along with a
bass drum, snare, tom-tom, ride cymbal, and high hat, and
sometimes one or two extras such as a second tom-tom or cymbal,
and maybe a cowbell or some such novelty device.
When Dave appeared on stage surrounded not only by his large
drum kit, but also by his home-made rack of bells, triangles,
and other supplementary percussion, it made a striking visual
As composers of new music, David and I were both intimately
familiar with the then-current trend among composers to write
for a large battery of percussion instruments. I had written two
pieces myself that required enormous arrays of instruments
(close to fifty of them in each), and David wrote at least one
that I remember.