While the contributions of the front ensemble continue to evolve within the marching idiom, so do the demands of the mallets that are used by their players. Tom Rarick, percussion arranger for the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps, has assisted Innovative Percussion with the design of this unique series of keyboard mallets. The marimba mallets feature large round cores wrapped with a light grey synthetic wool-blend yarn. Each mallet in the Tom Rarick series is built on slightly larger (11/32”) polished birch handles. The heavier cores increase projection and enhance the fundamental tone, while the larger handles help balance and control.