Josh Jones, marimba


  • Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915); arr. Stephen karukas - Poeme op 32, no. 1 (1903) (4’)
  • Jacob Druckman (1928-1996) - Reflections on the Nature of Water: Fleet (1986) (3’)
  • Paul Smadbeck (1956) - Rhythm Song (1982) (8’)
  • Evelyn Glennie (1965) - A Little Prayer (1993) (5’)
  • Claude Debussy (1862-1918) - Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum and Serenade of the Doll (1908) (6’)
  • Keiko Abe (1937) - Michi (1978) (5’)
  • Pius Cheung (1982) - Etude in D major (2008) (7’)

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Josh Jones started hitting things at age 2 and received his first drum set at age 3. Josh began his formal studies in percussion with the Percussion Scholarship Program under the direction of Chicago Symphony member Patricia Dash, and Chicago Lyric Opera member Douglas Waddell. He earned his Bachelor’s in Music from DePaul School of music and was the orchestra fellow of both the Detroit and Pittsburgh symphonies. In 2022, Josh joined the Grant Park Festival Orchestra as Principal Percussionist. Josh has been featured at Carnegie Hall, on radio and television, and has had two short documentaries made about his musical development and experience. He also authored a percussion method book series, “Spatial Studies for Hitting Things”, and writes musical and philosophical blogs on his website, Josh really enjoys giving back to the community as well as mentoring young musicians and traveling.

About the Dame Myra Hess Concerts

The concerts are generously sponsored by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council and by individual donors.

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