In this funk/rock-style solo, the roles of the bass drum and snare drum essentially get flipped, resulting in the backbeat (beats 2 and 4) falling to the bass drum, and the downbeats being played by the snare drum. The title is a simple play on words—reversing backbeat = beatback. There are three sections: (1) mm.1–18, (2) mm.18–22, and (3) mm. 23–30, followed by a four-bar coda. The first section and the coda are half-time grooves, while the other two sections are in four. Be careful of the syncopation (count the rhythms!), and a few of the linear fills can be tricky to play smoothly. Have fun!
Brian Blume is an Assistant Professor of Percussion at Southeastern University (Lakeland, Florida), where he teaches percussion, music theory, music history, and the SEU Fireline. As a composer, Blume has published more than 20 works for percussion, and his music has been performed at PASIC, the Midwest Clinic, and at universities and high schools around the world.