June 23-27, 2014 [10AM-6PM]
Marimba Madness was founded by Chris Hanning (my partner in the percussion duo, Double Impact) and myself in 2000. It began as, and continues to be, an effort to help local students get a grasp on classical percussion techniques, especially those used in mallet percussion. This annual, week-long summer clinic could be thought of as "drumline camp for the classical player." Students who attend leave with the knowledge and perspective necessary to become better players in all musical endeavors.
We choose an impressive faculty of percussionists who do this for a living. Not only are they valuable for their teaching abilities, but for their wealth of playing experience. I cannot emphasize enough the knowledge that can be imparted by people who play for a living - the little tricks, helpful hints, and different ways of approaching a problem learned from experiencing it day after day.
In music education and the music business, it is survival of the fittest. The better player you are (especially within an ensemble), the more qualified you become for scholarship money, gigs, job-referrals, and so on.
Many types of students can benefit from this program: the beginner first learning how to hold mallets, the student getting ready for UIL tryouts, the wind player playing in next year's pit for marching band, the advanced student starting to learn four-mallet technique, or the upcoming graduate getting ready to audition for college.
Who else benefits?
1. The band director who wants a percussion section that can come up with a better sound solution.