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Piece Title : St. Thomas Suite
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Composer / Arranger : Ownby, Matt
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Matthew A. Ownby holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Western Michigan University, and a Master of Music degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he later served as Adjunct Professor of Percussion.

His performance credits include The Four Tops, The Temptations, Mary Wilson, Martha Reeves, and Elton John. He has also performed with the Nevada Symphony Orchestra, Las Vegas Pops Orchestra, Nevada Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Henderson Civic Symphony, The Las Vegas Percussion Quartet, The Fremont Street Percussionists, Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, and the World Champion Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Ownby's awards include National Finalist in the MTNA Collegiate Recital Competition in Washington D.C., and D.C.I. Solo Multiple-Percussion World Champion.

Recent international highlights of his career include Guest Artist Performances in Mexico City in 1997 and 1999. Matt Ownby is active as a clinician, composer, marching percussion arranger, and Adjudicator for the Drum Corps Midwest Judges Guild.

Currently, he serves as Assistant Director of Bands at Novi High School in Michigan and is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Matt Ownby is a professionally endorsed artist for Innovative Percussion Inc. and Sabian Cymbals Ltd.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :4 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Percussion Ensemble
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Instrumentation : Djembe
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Written for / Commissioned by : Matt Ownby
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Publisher :Dutch Music Partners
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DMP publishes sheet music composed by several international composers like Daniel McCloud, Matt Ownby, Carlos Passeggi, Michael Pagan, Doug Walter etc. They all write outstanding music for keyboard-soloists and small/large ensembles

Year Composed / Copyright Date :2001 / 
Duration :15Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :4
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St. Thomas Suite is a fifteen-minute, three-movement work for solo marimba accompanied by three percussionists. It was written in memoriam of the composers late Uncle Greg, who lived on the island of St. Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands.

The title of the first movement, Mocko Jumbie, refers to stilt walkers dressed and decorated to represent spirits. The festive use of mocko jumbies is a tradition brought to the Virgin Islands from Africa. The thematic material from this movement is inspired by the dance-like movements of the mocko jumbie performers, swaying and dancing on their twelve-foot stilts.

The second movement, Pillsbury Sound, refers to the name of the body of water between the islands of St. Thomas and St. John, which is where the composers uncle lost his life in an untimely airplane accident. The thematic material is inspired by the absolute beauty above and below the waters of the Pillsbury Sound, as well as the composers personal reflections of his uncles tragic death.

The final movement, Carnival, was inspired by the Spring Carnival held on St. Thomas each April. This month-long celebration honors the islands African heritage with drumming, dancing, musical competitions, fireworks, and parades. This heritage, combined with the many sub-influences of the diverse group of settlers over time, is a true celebration of the Virgin Islands multi-cultural community.

Extra Performance Notes: Marimba player requires 4 mallets.  Rhythm instruments / Effect instruments Congas, Bongos, Timbales can also be used.

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