• Joe Millea • Andrew Veit •
The Heartland Marimba Quartet is Matthew Coley, Michael J. Jones, Joe Millea, and Andrew Veit (and Abby Fisher, first call sub). HMQ is a dynamic ensemble made up of four of the most creative forces in the percussion world today. The performers of HMQ showcase their excitingly different backgrounds and styles of performance together in over 30 events a season. In concerts at universities, art galleries, and performance halls; university master classes and high school presentations; and the many varied events of the annual Heartland Marimba Festival, HMQ is busy bringing the possibilities of the marimba to communities all over year-round. The members serve as the primary teachers to the students each summer at HMF. HMQ seeks to give a platform to the music of American composers in its programming, but performs works by composers worldwide. Their future commission projects include large-scale works by Brett William Dietz and Jeffrey Holmes, and a concerto for marimba quartet and orchestra by Kevin Romanski. In the spring of 2018, HMQ will premiere the first concerto for quartet and wind ensemble by Paul Alan Price-Brenner with three different ensembles: the University of Puget Sound Wind Ensemble (Tacoma, WA), the Ankeny High School Wind Ensemble (Ankeny, IA), and the Waterloo West High School Wind Ensemble (Waterloo, IA). Visit www.HeartlandMarimba.com for more information.
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