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Two Mexican Dances for Marimba – David Hall

Here is Hall’s bio from his website (http://grsymphony.org/about/musicians/percussion/timpani/david-hall):

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL PERCUSSION / ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL TIMPANI

David Hall, has been Assistant Principal Percussion / Assistant Principal Timpani with the Grand Rapids Symphony since 1987.  As one of America’s leading marimbists, David Hall has been delighting audiences with his virtuosity and musical sensitivity.  In addition to his many recitals throughout the Midwest, Mr. Hall solos often with the Grand Rapids Symphony and other West Michigan arts organizations.  He has toured as a soloist in Taiwan, and Guatemala with the North American Choral Company.

His CD, Saudacao, featuring the Grand Rapids Symphony, is one of the most popular marimba recordings today.

Mr. Hall was Acting Assistant Professor of Percussion at MSU from 2003-05 and CMU for the Fall of 2008.  He is a member of the Michigan Touring Artist Roster and is represented by Great Lakes Performing Artist Associates.  Mr. Hall lives in the Forest Hills area with his wife Caroline and two sons, Benjamin and Evan. 

Gordon Stout was Hall’s teacher and composed the original:

Many of his compositions for marimba (i.e., Two Mexican Dances for Marimba) have become standard repertoire for marimba players worldwide.[2] Stout serves as professor of percussion at the School of Music of Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York.[3] His many students include David Hall and Alex Jacobowitz.

via  – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

1 Comment

  1. oldschool oldschool
    January 6, 2014    

    ……now who knew that…..young snarf…….pointing out the quietly talented here in west michigan and full of surprises folks………we love our blues too!

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