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The Great Plains International Marimba Competition just completed three days of great marimba performances. There were 30 semi-finalists (16 high school and 14 college) that competed for the top three spots in the high and college divisions.

Congratulations to the 2016 Great Plains International Marimba Winners!

High School Solo Division
1st Place: Austin Keck
2nd Place: Simon Herron
3rd Place: Amaya Herrington-Alexander

Collegiate/Open Solo Division
1st Place: Nina Fujisawa
2nd Place: Sophia Lo
3rd Place: May Lee
4th Place: Justin Ball
5th Place: Kexin Li
6th Place: Calvin Chiu

The judges for the competition were Ji Hye Jung, Dr. David Steffens and Christopher Deane. Congrats to Dane Romano and his team for organizing a great event.

Dave Gerhart

Dave Gerhart

Dr. Dave Gerhart, Product Manager, Percussion for Yamaha Corporation of America and Lecturer of Percussion at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU, Long Beach, is a nationally recognized performer, composer, and educator. Dr. Gerhart, originally from Fairfield, California, holds a D.M.A. from the University of Southern California, M.M. in Percussion Performance and Instrumental Conducting and a B.M. in Music Education from California State University, Long Beach.
Dave Gerhart

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