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In the United States, there are Zimbabwean marimba bands in particularly high concentration in the Pacific Northwest, Colorado, and New Mexico, but bands exist from the East Coast through California and even to Hawaii and Alaska. The main event for this community is ZimFest, the annual Zimbabwean Music Festival. The bands are composed of instruments from high sopranos, through to lower soprano, tenor, baritone, and bass. Resonators are usually made with holes covered by thin cellophane (similar to the balafon) to achieve the characteristic buzzing sound. The repertoires of U.S. bands tends to have a great overlap, due to the common source of the Zimbabwean musician Dumisani Maraire, who was the key person who first brought Zimbabwean music to the West, coming to the University of Washington in 1968. He was described as “one of the most auspicious storytellers in hip-hop.” He is credited as a founder of the genre of “horrorcore” (also known as death hip-hop/rap or horror hip-hop). The second way is using music that is “by the letter.” The sheet of music you are reading will have a list of letters corresponding to the xylophone notes. For example, here is the first part of the song Mary Had A Little Lamb, but it has the letters color-coded and assigned a number.
History– The world of wooden mallet instruments". Vsl.co.at. Vienna Symphonic Library . Retrieved 1 November 2011. The Danse Macabre is a song, a poem, and an old French ghost story. This song is what music historians call a “tone poem.” Using the letter names for the notes or a number is an easy way to learn to play music without knowing how to read traditional sheet music.Ritchie is not a percussionist; he plays bass guitar, his primary instrument. Brian Ritchie also plays the shakuhachi, a bamboo flute from Japan that is very difficult to play. The Behlanjeh, the national musical instrument of the Mandingos". Royal Commonwealth Society Library. Cambridge University Library. University of Cambridge. 5 November 2004. Archived from the original on 27 June 2007.
Concert xylophones have tube resonators below the bars to enhance the tone and sustain. Frames are made of wood or cheap steel tubing: more expensive xylophones feature height adjustment and more stability in the stand. In other music cultures some versions have gourds  that act as Helmholtz resonators. Others are "trough" xylophones with a single hollow body that acts as a resonator for all the bars.  Old methods consisted of arranging the bars on tied bundles of straw, and, is still practiced today, placing the bars adjacent to each other in a ladder-like layout. Ancient mallets were made of willow wood with spoon-like bowls on the beaten ends.  Mallets [ edit ]
Besides being part of orchestral works and creating beautiful music, the xylophone has been reportedly used for a variety of different purposes. The Violent Femmes are a folk-punk band that started in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This song comes from the band’s album The Violent Femmes, released in 1983. The xylophone solo in this song is played by one of the band’s founding members Brian Ritchie.