Heartland Marimba

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Program for Concert #4 – Thursday, July 15, 2017

Heartland Marimba Festival Academy – Smith Scarabocchio Art Museum

• The Artists •

Alonso Figueroa plays drums and percussion in the Los Angeles area. Currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance from CSU Northridge, he maintains an active teaching studio.


Aaron Montreal will be a senior at Port Washington High School in Port Washington, Wisconsin, and plans on pursuing music in college.


Anthony Gilleland (See program for HMAcademy Concert #2.)


Hampton Douglas (See program for HMAcademy Concert #2.)


Eric Whitmer will be a junior at Foothill High School in Pleasanton, California. He actively pursues music in his community by participating in the Foothill High School Cougar Band, the Shasta Symphony Orchestra, and the Simpson University Percussion Ensemble.


Johnathan Erickson (See program for HMAcademy Concert #2.)


Originally from River Falls, Wisconsin, Curtis Hanson is entering his senior year at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees in both Instrumental Music Education and Percussion Performance.


Will Kemperman (See program for HMAcademy Concert #2.)


Percussionist Adam Trupp will be entering the Northwestern State University of Louisiana this fall as a music education major. Recent performances include Keiko Abe's Reflections on Japanese Children's Songs III and Nathan Daughtrey's Firefly at the 2016 Percussive Arts Society International Convention, in addition to receiving a rating of 1 and title of “Outstanding Solo Performance” for Keiko Abe's Michi at the UIL State Solo and Ensemble Competition.

• The Music •

A Cricket Sang and Set the Sun (2006) – Blake Tyson (b. 1969)

Performed by Aaron Montreal, solo marimba.


Rotation I (1996) – Eric Sammut (b. 1968)

 Performed by Alonso Figueroa, solo marimba.


Bourrée from Violin Partita No. 1 in B minor (1720) – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Performed by Hampton Douglas, solo marimba.


Pure Imagination – Leslie Bricusse/Anthony Newley/arr. Alex Stopa

Performed by Anthony Gilleland, solo marimba.


A Little Prayer – Evelyn Glennie

Performed by Johnathan Erickson, solo marimba.


Ghanaia (1997) – Matthias Schmitt (b. 1958)

Performed by Curtis Hanson, solo marimba.


Rotation IV (1996) – Eric Sammut

Performed by Eric Whitmer, solo marimba.


Hummingbird (2017) – Michael Charles Smith (b. 1974)

Performed by Will Kemperman, solo marimba.


Variations on Japanese Children's Songs (1982) – Keiko Abe (b. 1937)

Performed by Adam Trupp, solo marimba.