Grade 1

Duration: 6:03

The Tail of the Beast depicts the ferocity and impressiveness of wild animals in their natural, unforgiving habitats. Sometimes protecting, sometimes hunting and sometimes attacking, this show centers on "big cats" like lions, tigers, panthers and cheetahs.

This show was written to push the concept of what a Grade 1 show can sound like. It is completely playable with only Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Trumpet, Trombone/Baritone, Tuba and Battery Percussion parts. All additional parts (Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, Bass Clarinet, Horn, Bells/Vibes, Xylophone/Marimba and Percussion) are optional and allow you to build the instrumentation based on your group. An optional Second Clarinet part is included that stays exclusively below the break.

Want to enhance your show with Electronics? The Tail of the Beast includes a very playable synth part and a folder of sound effect files that can be triggered from any number of various sources (iPad, midi keyboard or controller). If you're wanting to take this step with your band and add these sonic possibilities, the Tail of the Beast is the perfect place to start!


All original material by Eric Rath

Mvt. 1: King of the Jungle 

Mvt. 2: On the Serengeti

Mvt. 3: The Claws Come Out!


The material in this show is all original and public domain. All performance and recording licenses are included with this show.