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Naselle Mirimba Band performs at Disneyland

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“The school officials have been nothing but supportive of our program,” said King.

A marimba is an African instrument of the percussion family. A Zimbabwe style instrument inspires the marimbas used by the Naselle band. They produce a deep cheerful sound that makes it hard not to dance along. The band plays a tune that's probably familiar to most, 'Under The Sea' from the

Little Mermaid.

In 2012, the band was invited to not only play in Disneyland but to play the Walt Disney Stage! This is the stage that Walt Disney himself acted on. The band got a tour of Disney’s dressing room and was lucky enough to experience the location when they did because just two weeks after their performance, the stage was torn down.

“I felt like taking a board just for the sake of it, ya know,” joked King.

The band of 18 has also played the Washington State Fair for the past eight years.

The students and their parents sell CDs of their music to fund their travels and just last year they hit their 1000th CD Sold mark.

Marimba through the school is offered as a class and as an after school activity. The performance group performs at award banquets in the Capitol and teaches at the Naselle Youth Camp. Needless to say, the performance group is kept very busy between practicing, teaching, and performing.

“The first year we did this, we started at the Scandanavian Festival and did some cruises coming into port around here. The schedule was hectic; we did 20 performances that first Summer,” said King.

The Pacific County Fair was lucky enough to book the band on Friday night. Many kids danced around to the joyous sounds of the marimbas and adults took interest in the careful focus of each performer.

“They're just amazing! I can't believe more people don't know about them around here,” exclaimed excited audience member Dawn Wright.

To book the Naselle Marimba Band, contact David King at 360-484-7121 or by e-mail at dking@naselleschools.org

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