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Press Kit

Short Bio

The Heartland Marimba Quartet (HMQ) is the primary performing ensemble of
Heartland Marimba. Established in 2016 by acclaimed marimba soloist Matthew Coley,
the group seeks to give a platform to the music of American composers in its
programming, and continues to expand its repertoire with works from composers
worldwide. Comprised of four distinctively creative forces, Matthew Coley, Michael J.
Jones, Joe Millea, and Andrew Veit, the HMQ exemplifies Heartland Marimba’s mission
to develop and disseminate the classical marimba art form in both academic and
community contexts. The HMQ recently had the honor of being the ensemble in
residence for the Society of Composers National Conference in Tacoma, Washington.
While there, the group premiered a new concerto for marimba quartet and wind ensemble
by Paul Alan Price-Brenner with the University of Puget Sound Wind Ensemble. The
HMQ’s 2018-2019 program will highlight further works written for Heartland Marimba,
including Alex Orfaly’s Fôr Marimbas, Steven Simpson’s Fluidity, Matthew Coley’s
Rivers of Rage, and feature the premiere of a new piece and namesake of the tour, The
Principle of Vibration by Brett Dietz. For additional information regarding the HMQ or
Heartland Marimba, please visit www.heartlandmarimba.com.

Medium Bio

The Heartland Marimba Quartet (HMQ) is North America’s premiere marimba quartet
and the primary performing ensemble of Heartland Marimba, a 501(c)(3) organization
dedicated to developing and disseminating the classical marimba art form in academic
and community contexts. Established in 2016 through the vision and leadership of
internationally acclaimed marimba soloist Matthew Coley, the HMQ seeks to give a
platform to the music of American composers in its programming, and continues to
expand its repertoire with works from composers worldwide.
Quartet members, Matthew Coley, Michael J. Jones, Joe Millea, and Andrew Veit, are
each accomplished and award-winning marimba specialists from across the Heartland
and Southwest of the United States. Individually, the artists have composed music for
marimba, produced solo albums, and been featured performers in Japan, China, Latin
America, and throughout Europe. Together, HMQ members share their knowledge and
skills with students and aspiring professionals from ages 12 to 60. In fact, it is their
passion for inspiring musicians to pursue studying this captivating instrument that guides
the HMQ’s performance setting and style in over 30 events a season. On annual fall and
spring tours, the HMQ conducts concerts, collaborations, and educational events at
universities and high schools nationwide. The artists also serve as the primary faculty
members and mentors for the annual Heartland Marimba Festival.
The HMQ was recently the ensemble in residence for the Society of Composers National
Conference in Tacoma, WA, where they premiered a new concerto for marimba quartet
and wind ensemble by Paul Alan Price-Brenner with the University of Puget Sound Wind
Ensemble. The HMQ’s 2018-2019 program will highlight works written for Heartland
Marimba, including Alex Orfaly’s Fôr Marimbas, Steven Simpson’s Fluidity, Matthew
Coley’s Rivers of Rage, and the premiere of a new piece and namesake of the tour, The
Principle of Vibration by Brett Dietz.
The HMQ artists are proudly endorsed by Marimba One, Innovative Percussion, Encore
Mallets, Black Swamp Percussion, Sabian, Evans Drumheads, and ProMark. For
additional information regarding the HMQ or Heartland Marimba, please visit
www.heartlandmarimba.com.

Long Bio

The Heartland Marimba Quartet (HMQ) is North America’s premiere marimba quartet
and the primary performing ensemble of Heartland Marimba, a 501(c)(3) organization
dedicated to developing and disseminating the classical marimba art form in both
academic and community contexts. Established in 2016 through the vision and leadership
of internationally acclaimed marimba soloist Matthew Coley, the HMQ seeks to give a
platform to the music of American composers in its programming, and continues to
expand its repertoire with works from composers worldwide.
Quartet members, Matthew Coley, Michael J. Jones, Joe Millea, and Andrew Veit, are
each accomplished and award-winning marimba specialists from across the Heartland
and Southwest of the United States. Individually, the artists have composed pieces for
marimba, produced solo albums, and been featured performers in Japan, China, Latin
America, and throughout Europe. Together, in U.S. venues from parks to performance
halls, and museums to modern art galleries, the members of the HMQ showcase their
strikingly unique backgrounds and performance styles in over 30 events a season. On
annual fall and spring tours, the HMQ conducts concerts, collaborations, and educational
events at universities and high schools nationwide. The artists also serve as the primary
faculty members and mentors for the annual Heartland Marimba Festival, an in-depth
marimba academy for high school and college students as well as aspiring professionals
and composers.
In addition to their contribution to every facet of Heartland Marimba, the artists of the
HMQ are deeply embedded in percussion communities across the country. Students of
world-renowned and ground-breaking artists including Keiko Abe, Michael Burritt, Mark
Ford, Daniella Ganeva, Brian Zator, and Nancy Zeltsman, the quartet members are
passing their knowledge and skills to students and aspiring professionals from age 12 to
age 60. It is, in part, this passion for inspiring young musicians to pursue studying this
captivating instrument that guides the HMQ’s performance setting and style. The HMQ is
a fierce advocate in music education and community engagement.
The HMQ recently had the honor of being the ensemble in residence for the Society of
Composers National Conference in Tacoma, WA, where they premiered a new concerto
for marimba quartet and wind ensemble by Paul Alan Price-Brenner with the University
of Puget Sound Wind Ensemble. The concerto was co-premiered with the Ankeny High
School Wind Ensemble (Ankeny, IA) and the Waterloo West High School Wind
Ensemble (Waterloo, IA). In fall 2018, the HMQ will release an album showcasing
highlights from their 2017-2018 repertoire.
The HMQ’s 2018-2019 program will highlight works written for Heartland Marimba,
including Alex Orfaly’s Fôr Marimbas, Steven Simpson’s Fluidity, Matthew Coley’s
Rivers of Rage, and the premiere of a new piece and namesake of the tour, The Principle
of Vibration by Brett Dietz. Performances will also showcase the established repertoire
for marimba quartet, featuring Kevin Romanski’s Fantasy, Gordon Sout’s New York
Tryptich, and Michael Burritt’s Marimba Quartet. In the summer of 2019, the HMQ
members will host a Chamber Festival, bringing together marimba artists for an
unparalleled exhibition of the unique sounds and possibilities of the marimba.

The HMQ artists are proudly endorsed by Marimba One, Innovative Percussion, Encore
Mallets, Black Swamp Percussion, Sabian, Evans Drumheads, and ProMark. For
additional information regarding the HMQ or Heartland Marimba, please visit
www.heartlandmarimba.com.