Welcome to the Marimba Sass Blog. My name is Jeff Sass and I am a marimbist.
What is a marimba? A marimba is a percussion instrument with chromatically arranged wooden bars and organ-like resonators. The marimba can be played with yarn or rubber mallets and produces a warm, deep, rich sound. There are many marimba manufacturers and I currently own a 5-octave Marimba One marimba made in Arcata, Califormia, as well as a 4.3 octave DeMorrow marimba made in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.
I have a Computer Science/Mathematics major with a Fine Arts Minor from Drake University and a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis. I work at Adobe as one of the Photoshop Engineering Managers as well as act as the Percussionist in Residence at Faith Lutheran Church. I am also a freelance percussionist in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and enjoy playing percussion for Broadway musicals.
This blog is devoted to a more detailed discussion of marimba topics that are too long to “tweet” about on Twitter where I post under the name jeffsass. I have also started a YouTube channel called marimbasass where I will be posting marimba videos.
Thanks for reading and feel free to leave comments!