Percussionist Maria Marmarou just completed her freshman year at Temple University and the Boyer School of Music and Dance. A graduate of Kutztown High School, she has participated in several all-state and nationally recognized music festivals. She has performed with the South Philly Big Band, along with A-List musicians Marcell Bellinger, Mike Boone and Tim Warfield.

We are happy to announce Maria as our 2019 Billy Strayhorn Jazz Education Scholarship Award recipient for Temple and the Boyer School of Music and Dance Jazz Studies Program. She is pictured with one of her music mentors, Dr. Willis Rapp, recognized as one of the leaders over many years in percussion education and the principal conductor for the Reading Pops Orchestra.