MUSIC AT THE MEADOWS
The marimba is an instrument with a very old history. In ancient times strips of wood or metal were suspended over holes in the ground and struck to make musical sounds. The marimba that Grayson Boydstun brought to Mountain Meadows for his performance was the epitome of the development of the instrument. The mallet board spanned five octaves and the sound was mesmerizing.
Grayson used several kinds of mallets, each having a distinctive sound quality from the soft, white mallets that brought out a haunting, quiet reverberation, to the hard, blue mallets that created a sharp, piercing sound.
A hard rock drummer at the beginning of his career, he studied jazz in college, was introduced to the marimba and fell in love with it. He found, however, the there was little professional demand for marimba players. He chose to teach marimba at the college level and is now teaching at SOU. He still plays the drums. He said he loves anything he can pound on and make noise. A born percussionist!!...
Other instrumentalists perform reading their music. It is not necessary for them to memorize everything they play. It was obvious as we watched Grayson that marimba players don't have that luxury. Their hands are too busy. He said he painstakingly memorizes every note of every piece of music he plays. His performance was extraordinary. His dedication and hard work was evident in every note.