In August of 2005 a hurricane by the name of Katrina hit the southern coast of the United States. It left in it's wake thousands of people dead, and many more without homes. In New Orleans, where 80% of the city was flooded, many of the poor and elderly unable to escape or be rescued were never saved. This piece is dedicated to them.
These marimba etudes were written to provide the intermediate player with challenging solos using two or four mallets and either a 4 1/3 or 5 octave marimba. They are written in the spirit of Clair Musser's etudes and I hope that they can give students as much enjoyment and challenge as Musser’s wonderful pieces have throughout the years.