Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Too Often Overlooked - The Marimba Rocks!

I asked my kids if they knew what a Marimba was and they looked at me with blank faces. Okay, so the Marimba gets overlooked in the musical world. But we all love the way it sounds, right? So I decided to find out a little more about it.
Some Marimba Facts:
A Marimba is made of bars, usually made out of rosewood for concerts or a synthetic for marching bands.
They are struck with mallets to make the sound.
Sometimes two mallets are used, sometimes four, sometimes even six!
The funny metal tubes that hang below each bar are called resonators. They amplify the tonal sounds.

Marimba shirt



From Wikipedia, here is a list of notable Marimba performers:
* Keiko Abe
* Amampondo
* Bogdan Bacanu
* Pedro Carneiro
* Vida Chenoweth
* Pius Cheung
* Musekiwa Chingodza
* Dave Danford
* Fran├žois Du Bois
* Mark Ford
* Evelyn Glennie
* Bobby Hutcherson
* Jack Imel
* Alex Jacobowitz
* Brian Jones
* Reg Kehoe and his Marimba Queens
* Marta Klimasara
* Joe Locke
* Hokoyo Marimba
* Nick Matthews
* Christopher Norton
* Gloria Parker
* Percujove
* Dave Pike
* John Rae
* Ney Rosauro
* Michael Rosen
* Eric Sammut
* Robert van Sice
* David Smith
* Leigh Howard Stevens
* Gordon Stout
* Art Tripp
* Ruth Underwood
* Bo Wagner of Starbuck
* Julius Wechter (with Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass and Baja Marimba Band)
* Jack White of The White Stripes
* Nancy Zeltsman

Funny Marimba Cartoon Tee Shirt shirt

Funny Marimba Cartoon Tee Shirt by madconductor

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