Marimba with Phillip O’Banion!

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Solo Marimba Recital

Phillip O’Banion, Marimba

Wednesday, November 18th, Noon


Join us for a solo marimba recital by Phillip O’Banion. Professor O’Banion is an associate professor and artistic director of the percussion program at Boyer College of Music and Dance.

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Phillip O’Banion, marimba

November 18, 2020

12:00 pm


‘Gigue’ from Lute Suite in e minor                                  J.S. Bach (1685 – 1750)

Land                                                                  Takatsugu Muramatsu (b. 1978)

Time Well Spent                                                            Caleb Burhans (b. 1983)

Bag of Bones  world premiere                                        Gordon Stout (b. 1952)

Yesterday                                              Lennon/McCartney; arr. Toru Takemitsu


Phillip O’Banion is Associate Professor and Director of Percussion Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia. O’Banion performs often with the Philadelphia Orchestra and other symphonic ensembles, new music groups, and theater productions. He is a regular percussionist for Orchestra 2001 and Network for New Music. O’Banion has appeared as both performer and conductor on programs presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and he is a frequent collaborative guest with POPG (the Philadelphia Orchestra Percussion Group). Prof. O’Banion is the artistic director and conductor of the Temple University Percussion Ensemble, Boyer Percussion Group, and Philadelphia Percussion + Piano Project.

Over the last decade, O’Banion has been involved in the commission or premiere of over forty new works in the solo and chamber music genres. O’Banion has appeared internationally in Europe, Canada, South America, and across the United States. His solo album, Digital Divide for percussion and electronics, and his recording of Adam Silverman’s marimba concerto Carbon Paper and Nitrogen Ink are available through BCM+D records. His most recent recording, Radiant Outbursts: (In)Human Progress was released in August 2020 where he is heard as marimbist and conductor of the Philadelphia Percussion + Piano Project. The album’s namesake is another commission from Adam Silverman, juxtaposed with Bernstein’s ‘Halil’ for solo flute and percussion (soloist, Mimi Stillman) and a fresh take on George Antheil’s tour de force ‘Ballet Mècanique’.

Professor O’Banion currently chairs the Percussive Arts Society’s symphonic committee, and has been a regular contributor to the new music and literature review column for Percussive Notes. He has appeared at numerous PAS conventions, Days of Percussion, and international music festivals. O’Banion is an artist endorser for instruments and products made by Pearl/Adams, Sabian, Evans, Vic Firth, and Grover Pro Percussion.

Support for this program was provided by a 2020 Vice Provost for the Arts Grant, and an award from the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs; Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA