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Marimba Masters' Press Releases


Original Recital Program Eastman School of Music Kilbourn Hall
March 11, 1954
left to right: Stanley Leonard, Douglas Marsh,

Donald Snow - (String Bass), John Beck,
William Street - Percussion Instructor and Timpanist, Rochester Philharmonic, Gordon Peters - conductor, Mitchell Peters,
James Dotson




Ed Sullivan Show

January 12, 1958 CBS - NYC
left to right: Vivian Emery, Peter Tanner, Jane Burnett,
Ed DeMatteo - String Bass, Gordon Peters, Ronald Barnett,

Mitchell Peters



Buffalo Evening News, Saturday, October 29, 1955 By Theolinda C. Boris

"Marimba Masters Delight Audience at Pop Concert" 

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, and the audience's response indicated that the group would get a rousing welcome on a return visit.


Buffalo Courier-Express, October 29, 1955 by Kenneth Gill

"Marimba Masters Win Applause at Music Hall" 

Marimba music won loud applause from an audience of 1900 at Kleinhans Music Hall last evening.  In stylings that sparkled with discriminate artistry, the ensemble expressed themselves in superb dynamics and sonorities of organistic quality.


Rochester Times-Union, Saturday, April, 1956 by George Kimball 

"Marimba 'Lab Project' Booming" 

The Marimba Masters' growing popularity, achieved through a combination of solid musicianship and showmanship displayed in numerous concert appearances, was one reason for the larger than usual attendance at last Saturday's Pop concert in the Eastman Theater.


St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Monday, April 23, 1956 by Charles Menees

"Highly Recommended LP's" 

"The Marimba Masters' features seven percussionists from the Eastman School of Music under the direction of Gordon Peters.  Their instrument, not too well represented on recordings, is exploited to full beauty and with remarkable skill.


The Providence Sunday Journal, July 1, 1956 by Ruth Tripp

"Marimba Group has Unusual Expression"

The Marimba Masters are a group of six young percussion players (plus string bass) who decided to join the ranks of melody makers. Directed by Gordon Peters, they play on a Kendall Record an interesting group of transcriptions with precision and an abundance of tone color of various degrees.


Buffalo Courier-Express, Saturday, February 2, 1957 by Kenneth Gill

"Praise Won By Marimba Group's Style"

For the second time in two seasons, the Marimba Masters of Rochester graced the weekly Pop Concert at Kleinhans Music Hall and amazed an audience with the artistry contained in such an ensemble. Normally, one would expect the usual theatrical style on this type of instrument; but last night, this unit, based on percussion of the keyboard type, again rode the gamut from Bach to Khatchaturian with nothing but the highest praise due for intelligence and exceptional talent.


Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Sunday, March 30, 1958 by "Williams"

Last night the Marimba was done proud at the Eastman Theater, where a group of enthusiasts called the Marimba Masters played their way into the hearts of the audience.  The versatile septet stole the show with a program which ranged from a Brahms Hungarian Dance to Jerome Kern's "Yesterdays".


Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:  Excerpted Quotes by Harvey Southgate (1954-1958)

One feels that Mr. Peters and Associates have started something here that may cut quite a figure in the light concert field.  One was hardly prepared for the degree of color and expression obtained.  And this sort of music was brought off as if it "belonged", not something imposed on an instrument primarily designed for dance and syncopated rhythms.  Its first appeal was as a novelty, but its second appeal was on the strength of a really charming tone quality.  At a recent concert in Kilbourn Hall, the Marimba Masters proved that charming music, of infinite expressiveness, shadings, and rhythms can be extracted from their type of instrumentation.