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       The L.A. Marimba Institute came about through my many years playing in the Los Angeles based Masanga Marimba Ensemble, founded by Dr. Ric Alviso of California State University, Northridge.  After 15 years of being asked by ardent fans if we make our own marimbas, and if we teach lessons, I decided to start saying “Yes!” and “Yes!” to those questions and began the Los Angeles Marimba Institute, with the aim of sharing the enjoyment of playing marimba.  I was joined early on by my fellow marimba maker, band-mate, and music educator Scott Murphy and we began by designing and creating numerous tabletop marimbas for teaching and sharing marimba music.  With the mission of spreading the Joy of marimba of all styles, from the modern classical instrument played by orchestras and soloists, to it’s ancestors and unique styles around the world from Central America to Africa, we will continue to build instruments, share information, and release music.  Please come back regularly to check out our store updates, Marimba information and music channel, and to learn all about this wonderful instrument.

Meet the team:

Joel Mankey


Scott Murphy


James Waterman

Teaching Artist

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