Sticks+Bars Youth Marimba Ensemble is open to all DC area youth in grades 5-12. Sticks+Bars Youth Marimba Ensemble was founded in 2014 by artistic director, long-time celebrated DC public school music teacher and composer, Premila Mistry. The primary goal of our group is to experience the joy that comes from performing for a live audience as we share the music of the African diaspora, and beyond (including premiering student compositions!), focusing on the lively, get-up-and-dance music of Zimbabwe and South Africa!
We have worked creatively with international groups from Venezuela, Colombia and South Africa, and have taken field trips to marimba makers and musical performances, including recent performances:
- John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on the Millennium Stage (twice!)
-Strathmore Hall in Bethesda, MD jamming with Ladysmith Black Mambazo from South Africa
-TEDxMidatlantic Conference at Sidney Harman Hall in DC
-Ithaca, NY at Ithaca College for the Gospel Festival
-grand-opening of the District Wharf, with the Venezuelan group La Parranda el Clavo
-Halcyon Awards Gala in Union Station
-Mayor Muriel Bowser's State of the State Address at Arena Stage
-American Orff Schulwerk Conference in Atlantic City, NJ
-Washington DC Farmers' Markets and street festivals
Sticks+Bars Youth Marimba Ensemble website includes:
*JOIN: sign-up information with accessible full-scholarship information
*SUPPORT: how to donate to further empower this critical work with young musicians for the future
*PERFORMANCE EXAMPLES: of our joyful work included in our HOME, SUMMER CAMP, and PERFORMANCES
*TESTIMONIALS: watch this space for uploaded commentary from our amazing graduates
*CONTACT: Founder and Artistic Director Premila Mistry bio and contact for scholarships and further information
Sticks+Bars is generously supported by Creative Minds International Public Charter School as our rehearsal space home.
Thank you to the public and to all of our families and contributors for your interest, participation, and dedicated support!
Sticks + Bars
Youth Marimba Ensemble