The Gordon B. Peters Percussion Chamber Music Library For Marimba Ensemble Is Now Available.

The Marimba Masters

Founded in 1954 by Gordon Peters, the Marimba Masters was a professional marimba ensemble comprised of Peters and fellow students at the Eastman School of Music. During the five years of its existence the ensemble performed approximately 50 concerts, recorded an album, and gained national attention by appearing on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts and The Ed Sullivan Show.



Marimba Masters in the Eastman School of Music Kilbourn Hall
left to right: Vivian Emery, Norman Fickett, Joel Thome, Gordon Peters,
Peter Tanner, Roger Ruggeri-String Bass,  Ronald Barnett


Use the links below to learn more about the Marimba Masters.


A Brief History Of The Marimba Masters

The Marimba Masters performed their first concert on March 11, 1954 at 12:10 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall on the campus of the Eastman School of Music.

Marimba Masters Press Releases

"The technical skill and excellent musicianship of the Marimba Masters at Friday Evening's "Pop" concert of the Buffalo Philharmonic in Kleinhans Music Hall made their offerings thoroughly delightful."

Marimba Masters Festival And Reunion

November 5 - November 6, 2016

Center for Mallet Percussion Research at Kutztown University
15200 Kutztown Rd, Kutztown, Pennsylvania 19530


The Center for Mallet Percussion Research at Kutztown University will present the Marimba Masters Festival and Reunion in Kutztown, Pennsylvania.