Smooth Criminal - Downloadable PDF Version


Smooth Criminal by Michael Jackson arr. John Parker – Downloadable PDF Version

“The seventh single from the 1987 album ‘Bad’, ‘Smooth Criminal’ remains one of my all time favourite Michael Jackson songs. I grew up listening to this piece so the transition to percussion ensemble arrangement seemed a natural progression for me and was an enjoyable process.” comments Parker

This arrangement can be played by beginner though to intermediate level ensembles. It’s fun to play, rewarding for performers and audiences and has become one of my best sellers as a consequence.

Feel free to include Michael Jackson themed live choreographed dance shows (already been done by one Brisbane school) or even vocals (lyrics not included in this arrangement).



Player 1 – Xylophone 1

Player 2 – Xylophone 2

Player 3 – Vibraphone

Player 4 – Marimba 1 & Auxiliary Percussion – Tambourine and cymbal bell

Player 5 – Marimba 2 high – (Low ‘A’ marimba)

Player 6 – Marimba 2 low (low ‘A’ marimba)

Player 7 – Drum set

Player 8 – Extra Percussion (optional) – Cymbal, crasher, shaker, muted snare drum and high tom

Player 9 – Electric bass

Please click here for a direct link to the audio file

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