I'm about to start rehearsing Vincent Oppido's "Skysplitter" with my community band. The timpani part has a LOT of fast tuning changes, and many appear to happen while the timpanist is playing. My timpani player is not quite up to this task, especially considering we don't have gauges on our timpani. Has anyone out there performed this piece and created a work-around for this issue? We only have 4 drums, although there's a possibility I could borrow 2 more if that would help. I'm not a percussionist so I have no idea how to deal with this issue.
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