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Santa Rosa Advanced Marimba Honor Band


Friday, May 3, 2024 @ 4:30 p.m.
Berger Center. Theater Seating. Free show.
$25 donation suggested.

Not your typical school band! Giant instruments, earth shaking sounds, and virtuosic playing combine in a musical program that Santa Rosa elementary and middle school students just can’t wait to share.

Be prepared to applaud the nose-to-the-grindstone work ethic that this young group embraces. It’s win-win though. Extra practice time outside of school hours not only perfects their craft, but also builds lasting musical friendships.

Student musicians offer Oakmont a culturally diverse selection of tunes, from Zimbabwean to Mexican, from original songs written for kids in the US, to Irish music. And did you know that they already have the ability to improvise? Each performance is unique as students reach for melodies and variations, on the spot.

Led by Irene Gilchriese, local educator and music aficionado. Her passion is always in action for student-based marimba bands as she dedicates spare time to procuring grants that put instruments in students’ hands, and exploring South America’s music scene for fun and authentic selections.

Come share in the enthusiasm of this talented group. You’re sure to walk away energized by the infectious zest of youth. And don’t forget to check out the specialized Zimbabwean style instruments, made from padauk, a brilliant red hardwood from Africa.