Maria Marmarou, 17, is a junior at Kutztown Area Senior High School. She studies drum set, timpani, and mallets with Dr. Willis Rapp.
She has participated in many jazz festivals with Kutztown’s jazz band and has won various awards. She was in the Steel Stacks All-star jazz band and performed at Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA. Maria was also in the COTA Cats, playing at the COTA jazz festival in the Poconos. She was selected as the drummer for the Berks County jazz band, District 10 jazz band, and the 2017 PMEA All-State vocal jazz group. Within these groups she has worked with Dr. Neil Wetzel, Dave Kenney, Dr. William Stowman, Terell Stafford, John Riley and Sherrie Maricle. She has performed marimba solos for the Reading Musical Foundation and received many audition-based scholarships from them.
Maria is also on the cross country and track team at Kutztown High School and enjoys playing ultimate Frisbee.