Performed in tandem with a research project Jenna pursued this semester, this program will take audience members through the development of language and approach marimba repertoire has seen in the last thirty years, and will highlight the impact female composers and marimbists have had on our instrument.
Originally from Westbrook, Maine, Jenna Driscoll was first introduced to percussion at 9 years old. While she was taught and had played all concert percussion instruments, she always loved mallet instruments most. She has performed with wind ensembles, jazz bands, and marching arts groups throughout her career.
She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Gordon College in 2021. During her time there she was featured with the Gordon College Symphonic Band as a xylophone soloist on the piece, Turquoise Daydreams, and was later featured as a concerto competition winner performing David R. Gillingham’s Concerto No. 2 for Marimba and Wind Ensemble.
Additionally, Jenna has performed across New England and around the country. In 2019, she was a member of the Spirit Winter Percussion Ensemble, an independent WGI group based in Cape Cod, in their show, “All the Colors in the Box”. Prior to that in 2018, Jenna was a member of the Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps as a vibraphone player. In May of 2019, she was featured at the Maine Music Educator’s Association in a performance of Gabriel’s Oboe, accompanied by the Westbrook High School Wind Ensemble and conducted by Krystle Smith.
Jenna is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music with a concentration in Marimba Performance.