Fredonia Marimba Ensemble wins First Place in international competition

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Fredonia Percussion Ensemble

Fredonia Percussion Ensemble

The Fredonia Marimba Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Kay Stonefelt, won First Place in the Open Small Ensemble category of The Education Africa Virtual International Marimba and Steelpan Festival held Dec. 5 through 13.

Fredonia School of Music percussionists Brian McDougal, Thomas Cobb, Joshua Bellis, Brendan Ryan, and Reilly Brouillard performed “Gravity” by Marc Mellits (with special edit by Mr. Mellits to meet competition time limits). Watch their performance.

student playing marimba
Johnny Viviani

In addition, percussionist Johnny Viviani won First Place in the category of Solo Marimba (over 19 years old). Watch his solo marimba performance of "Bach and Abe."

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