Catherine Barnes' Marimba Concert

I'm a percussionist from San Diego, California. From 2004 to 2008, I studied percussion at Northwestern University, where I spent most of my time playing an instrument called the marimba. The marimba is like a giant xylophone genetically engineered to sound like a cello; it has a warm, beautiful tone. I can play it with either two mallets or four mallets.

After graduating from college, I no longer had access to this instrument and was unable to play it for several years. This summer, I discovered a friend of a friend back in Chicago was selling his.  I knew the time had come; I flew to Chicago, bought the marimba, and drove it back to San Diego. 

On January 28th at 2pm Pacific Time, I will give my first marimba performance since 2008. I will broadcast it on facebook live for those of you who can't attend in person. The suggested donation for those attending this concert in person is $30; for those of you watching online, every contribution will help. All of the funds I raise will go directly towards paying off the loan on the instrument. 

I am so excited to finally have a marimba of my own not just for my own performances, but also to teach my students. As an independent musician and educator, your support means the world to me; thank you for your consideration!

  • Barrie Cole 
    • $20 
    • 41 mos
  • Kelly Jenkins-Pultz 
    • $30 
    • 42 mos
  • Hima Joshi 
    • $40 
    • 43 mos
  • Sarah Eberst 
    • $200 
    • 43 mos
  • Doug Barnes 
    • $30 
    • 43 mos
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Catherine Barnes 
San Diego, CA
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