Asheville marimba queen Ford launches new school, Village Marimba


Sue Ford, who for the last 12 years directed a middle school marimba band at Evergreen Community Charter School, is launching her own marimba school called Village Marimba.

Asheville’s unofficial marimba queen is offering classes to students in grades 5 through 12 from any school in Western North Carolina. A new class for adults will also be offered.

A winter/spring session will start Jan. 17  and run through April 8. (No classes week of Feb. 6.) All classes and workshops will be held at Rainbow Community Center, 60 State Street in West Asheville.


Village Marimba is a program of Asheville Rhythm, an organization that seeks to create a culture that promotes wellness through rhythm and bridges musical traditions through innovative collaborations, Ford says in a press release. Here’s more:

In a 10-Week Session, students will:

* Learn a repertoire based on the group’s interest, including popular songs, multicultural songs and original music.

* Work on proper mallet/stick technique, which is also applicable to other percussion instruments

* Have fun making music with other young people and their friends.

* Work toward a big performance at the end of the session

NEW – Beginning Class for Adults and Mature Teens – Wednesdays – 5:00 – 6:00 pm

$100 for whole session.

Classes for students grades 5 – 12: Tuesdays and Thursdays

Level 1 – 4-5 p.m.

Level 2 – 5-6 p.m.

$200 for the whole session

More information and an opportunity to pay online is at Village Marimba.

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