Former Student Teaches Simley Band

Simley Percussionists Learn About Marimba from Director's Former Student
Posted on 06/06/2018
Former student, Erik Barsness, holds a 4 mallet demonstration on marimba for Simley High School Band students. This June, Erik Barsness, a former student of Simley High School Band Director Rufino Ochoada, held a 4 mallet demonstration on marimba for Simley band students before the end of the school year. Mr. Barsness earned a bachelor’s degree in percussion from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in percussion from the Royal College of Music in Sweden, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He had performed around the world, including in art exhibits and metro orchestras and has received awards from the American Composer Forum and the Jerome Foundation. He currently works as the co-director and percussionist with Ensemble 61, a St. Paul-based contemporary music group. He brought what he has learned to Simley students and taught them the Stevens and Burton techniques for playing with four mallets.