About the Competition



The Great Plains International Marimba Competition seeks to provide an avenue for musical growth of young marimbists around the world through educational and competitive experiences. This competition seeks to help educate student musicians and to contribute to the quality and evolution of marimba performance.  Competitors will prepare solo marimba repertoire from a prescribed list and compete in a taped round for a chance to compete in the live rounds. The live rounds will be hosted at the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University.

Executive Director
Dane Romano


Congratulations to David Reeves on being selected as the winner of the 2018 Composition Competition! His piece “Slowly, Agitated” will be used as the 2018 Compulsory piece in the Collegiate/Open Solo Division! Please visit the composition tab to listen to audio of the piece.

Congratulations to our 2018 Semi-finalists!

Open Duo Division

Prosper High School Duo
Maddie Wallace & Madeline Duran
Prosper High School- Prosper, Texas

Prism Percussion Duo
Tanner Brown & Grayson Rushing
University of Oklahoma- Norman, Oklahoma

π Percussion Duo
Shiqi Zhong & Bo Li
Yale School of Music- New Haven, Connecticut
Purchase College- Harrison, New York

3rd Ward Duo
Zachary Luftop & Daniel Vila
University of Houston- Houston, Texas

High School Solo Division

Matt Boyle
Fort Collins High School- Fort Collins, Colorado
Deven Bruner
Putnam City North High School- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Meher Sethi
Waubonsie Valley High School- Naperville, Illinois
Austin Petty
Yukon High School- Yukon, Oklahoma
Max Su
Choate Rosemary Hall- Wallingford, Connecticut
Isaac Chiang
Flower Mound High School- Flower Mound, Texas
Jonas Koh
Mission San Jose High School- Fremont, California
Zachary Cook
The Woodlands College Park High School- The Woodlands, Texas
Sophia Suante
John Horn high School- Mesquite, Texas
James Merritt
Waxahachie High School- Waxahachie, Texas
Ava Machado
Grapevine High School- Grapevine, Texas
Roman Ramirez
Riverside High School- Leesburg, Virginia
Sanjay Pandiri
Lyndon B. Johnson High School- Austin, Texas
Jakob Schoenfeld
Interlochen Arts Academy- Interlochen, Michigan
Ben Randoing
Plano East Senior High School- Plano, Texas
Hunter Homan
Gilbert High School- Mesa, Arizona
Brandon Meadows
The Colony High School- The Colony, Texas
Jacob Dell
L.D. Bell High School- Hurst, Texas

Collegiate/Open Solo Division

Michael Crane
Indiana University- Bloomington, Indiana
Shiqi Zhong
Yale School of Music- New Haven, Connecticut
Soyun Cheon
Irvine, California
Elise Chi Man Liu
Eastman School of Music- Rochester, New York
Sachi Gullbrants
Northwestern University- Evanston, Illinois
Michael Cheng
Lamar University- Beaumont, Texas
Grayson Rushing
University of Oklahoma- Norman, Oklahoma
Ben Armeni
University of North Texas- Denton, Texas
Alan Cheng
Northwestern University- Evanston, Illinois
Kazuomi Motoike
The University of Texas at Austin- Austin, Texas
Dylan Betnar
University of Central Arkansas- Conway, Arkansas
Ujjal Bhattacharyya
Ithaca College- Ithaca, New York
Christian Martin
Florida State University- Tallahassee, Florida
Zuri Wells
Michigan State University- East Lansing, Michigan
Robert Chapman
University of North Texas- Denton, Texas
Mio Fujimoto
Boston Conservatory at Berklee- Boston, Massachusetts
Ethan Martin
Emporia State University- Emporia, Kansas
Kang-Jung Sung
Music University Freiburg- Baden, Germany

 6th Annual GPIMC 2018 Competition Dates

Semi-Final/Final Rounds of Competition: July 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 2018

Our 2018 competition will be hosted at Oklahoma City University!

2018 Audio Round Judge

Christopher Deane – University of North Texas 

2018 Live Round Judges

Dr. Pius Cheung – University of Oregon

Dr. Brian Zator – Texas A&M University-Commerce

Dr. David Steffens – Oklahoma City University

Official Sponsors 

Oklahoma City University, Wanda L. Bass School of Music 


Putnam City North Band Boosters

Chris Harris, Steve Craft and the Owasso H.S. Percussion Program

Dr. Lance Drege, Dr. Andrew Richardson and the University of Oklahoma Percussion Program

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