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Sunday, January 21st, 2007
1:38 am
Jazz Mallets, huh?
That's the ultimate sweetness. Beats me if anyone really reads this stuff, but oh well.
I am a Jazz Mallet player forced to play Piano as well as Vibes. (I'm better at Vibes.) I've never taken a piano lesson in my life, but I'm catching on. Slowly and painstakingly, that is. Not sure if that's a word. But anyway, the cool thing about being a Vibes player in my band is my director will always let me play the melody on them, even if there is no party written out for me. See, there are two pianists, me and another girl. When she plays piano, I play vibes. When I play piano, she sometimes plays vibes. It's like she doesn't care. Really bothers me. Anywho, my director is going to let me and a clarinet player do a duet in our spring concert. That'll be a lot of fun. Clarinet and Vibes, what an odd couple, eh?

Any of you people know Lionel Hampton?


Current Mood: curious
Sunday, October 30th, 2005
9:08 pm
Hey, just joined.

I'm Alexv. Been playing percussion for 2 or so years now. STarted on clarinet in 6th grade, did piano, then got some drum lessons around late 7th early 8th and loved percussion. I still do clarinet in band (7 clarinets, 18 percussionists, I go where I'm needed) but percussion is my real passion. I've been doing 4 mallets for a while now. Doing 2 musser etudes and looking to start jazz vibes. Some people have recommended some books, Burton's the most, but any tips would be great.

I'm also working on the Mayuzumi right now, plus a lot of drumset stuff, Cirone on snare, and basic timpani crap (Thrilling stuff, timpani excersices)
Wednesday, September 21st, 2005
12:27 am
my name is marty its weird i must say to find a community for mallet players, i simply just didnt expect it. I have been studying just marimba for 6 years now and ive recently branched out to the drums. I love cuban percussion and i just got series of gigs with a couple cats i know playing marimba. Its a tango gig every tuesday night.. Loads of fun.
Anybody going to the PAS convention in columbus

Current Mood: blah
Monday, July 11th, 2005
3:49 pm
hey my name is mandy and i play the glockenspiel for my school's marching band, and vibes for jazz band
its cool to find a community that is about mallets!
Tuesday, May 31st, 2005
1:51 pm
Where has this group been all my life?!
Greetings cats. Lee Presson here. I just found this community and I'm so glad it exists! I've been pounding the ironworks for ten years with my band LEE PRESSON and the NAILS (www.leepresson.com). I started out with a borrowed set of vibes but quickly switched to a MalletKAT because it was much easier to transport and amlpify. I have two MalletKATs now and if you're interested in my setup you can go here. We also have CDs for sale here.

It's great to see so many mallet enthusiasts!

Current Mood: giddy
Monday, March 28th, 2005
9:31 pm
Hi, my name is Mike and I'm a sophomore at Eastern High School in southern NJ. I play piano and vibes in my school's jazz ensemble, and enjoy it a lot. I think I'm one of like two jazz mallet players in my entire school. We are an endangered and underlooked species, don't you think?
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005
10:33 pm
Hi! I'm Kelsey McPherson, a junior at Coon Rapids High School in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Man, I love suburbia.

I'm Pit Captain in our winter drumline (i'm on vibes and mallet kat this year) and pit lieutenant for marching band. I'm also in our jazz ensemble as one of two vibes/aux people. wOOt!

This is my third season (soon to be fourth) in marching band at CR (home of the marching cardinals) and my third season in winter drumline at CR.

Our Pit Tech is the very talented Hope Grover (she owns a 5 octave rosewood marimba named rose-with-thorns, and it fits in her honda civic!), our batterie tech is Mike "Nedge" Neimeyer (a Minnesota Brass Snare Line Vet)and our main director of all marching programs is Kevin Fuhrman (an all around percussionist... he plays at Kokomos in the Mall of America). I heart all my instructors.


Does anybody know if anyone else tried out for the vibes/aux part in the Minnesota All-State Jazz Band? I'm hoping not many did... my chances are better that way. :-D

It's nice to have a place to be all geeky and stuff about my babies.


<3 kelsey

Current Mood: crizazy
Tuesday, March 8th, 2005
10:53 pm
Help me, please!

Help me to identify two jazz themes, please.
Who is the author and the performer?

Files are very small - 45 and 75 kb.

1. http://mus-eugene.narod.ru/1.mp3

2. http://mus-eugene.narod.ru/2.mp3

Eugene, Moscow (Russia).
10:53 pm

Help me to identify two jazz themes, please.
Who is the author and the performer?

Files are very small - 45 and 75 kb.

1. http://mus-eugene.narod.ru/1.mp3

2. http://mus-eugene.narod.ru/2.mp3

Eugene, Moscow (Russia).
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005
7:54 pm
guess what?? I'm playing mallets in Pippin- the musical!! Isn't that cool?? The part is super long but soooo cool!!!

Current Mood: nervous
Friday, February 4th, 2005
8:02 pm
Hey Jazz Vibe Enthusiasts!!!!!!!!!!
Hey!!!!!!! Come on guys, don't make this community dead!!!!!!! Ask questions, share tips and techniques, tell funny band jokes- anything you want!!! Question- who is your fave pro. mallet player??

Current Mood: happy
Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005
11:06 pm

College auditions are coming up. I'm playing Porgy 'n Bess and Colas Breugnon (sp?). They're fast. My xylo mallets (that I stole from the school >.>) died. HELP ME.

I'm thinking Musser Lexan, but birch vs. rattan... ARG

sorry bout xposting
Sunday, December 19th, 2004
10:29 pm
Hey Everyone!

My names Bill. I was surfing through some percussion Communities, and I decided to join this one. Im 18 yrs old, A senior at Harry S truman High school (Levittown, PA), and Im the section leader for our Drumline and Marching band Pit's. I didnt do jazz band this year, simply because I didnt have the time, but, I love jazz, and I love the vibes! I have a 4.3 Octave Brand New Adams Padauk Wood Marimba, and for all of you that care, I generally use Mike Balter or Steve Weiss Mallets. I am currently planning on attneding college at West Chester University to get a PHD in percussion, and to become a High School Band Director. Any Questions, just ask away, or if you just want to talk, Just talk! :) Ill be back to talk more later, but, for now I must be out.


Wednesday, November 17th, 2004
8:01 pm
I'm new here. I'm a freshman and i play Vibes in marching band, PIT rocks. I want to learn how to play 4 mallets. I mostly play piano and drums due to the fact that i dont have a marimba or xylophone or vibraphone at home, i do have a crappy bell set i got in 6th grade! Anybody here live in N.C.?

Current Mood: content
Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004
10:43 pm
So I've decided to go to music school.

Any suggestions?

((x-posted everywhere.))
Saturday, September 11th, 2004
9:06 pm
So this community seems dead.

That sucks.
Wednesday, August 11th, 2004
3:11 pm
sorry doug, i haven't been checking to see if anyone wrote between my advertisements..... next time i'll make sure to check. =)
3:10 pm
Hi, i'm just here advertising again about my community for mallet percussionists, we're really starting to grow, but of course it's always great to have more members. We accept all mallets players, whether you're on marimba, vibes, chimes, bells, xylophone, it doesn't matter.... just as long as you play! If you're interested, then please click on the link below and join our community.... Thanks!

Click here to join----------> mallet_mania
Thursday, August 5th, 2004
10:31 am
hi, i'm new here. I am a mallet perucssionist, and i'm kind of trying to promote growth in my new community for mallet percussionists. if you're interested, click on the link below:

Monday, July 26th, 2004
11:10 am
Hey, i'm new, but i really love mallet percussion.... i'm not a jazz mallet person but i still love marimba....
if you're interested, come and join my community too:


Current Mood: content
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