Michael J. Jones is a marimbist, percussionist, and music educator based in Dallas, TX. He is a Creative Co-director of Heartland Marimba and performing artist of the Heartland Marimba Quartet (HMQ), a dynamic ensemble focused on refined performances of contemporary works by American Composers. The inaugural HMQ tour took place in March 2017 with performances at venues throughout Iowa and Minnesota, with biannual tours to follow each spring and fall. Michael is currently a faculty member at the annual Marimba Madness Summer Percussion Camp in Richardson, Texas as well as the annual Heartland Marimba Festival and maintains a large studio of private students grades 6-12.
Michael earned his Bachelor of Music in percussion/music education from Southern Methodist University, Master of Music in percussion performance from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and Graduate Performance Diploma in Marimba Performance at The Boston Conservatory. He also had the honor of studying in Japan for a summer with world-renowned marimba artist Keiko Abe and performing at Yamaha Hall and Toho Gakuen College of Music in Tokyo. Michael’s primary instructors include Keith Aleo, Doug Howard, Drew Lang, Kalman Cherry, Akie Takada, Brian Zator, and Nancy Zeltsman.
Recent notable performances include Keiko Abe’s Reflections on Japanese Children’s Songs III at the 2016 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), a recording and performance of David Dzubay’s Producing for a While with Dallas-based contemporary music ensemble “Voices of Change,” and regular concerts with the Dallas Wind Symphony. Previously, at the 2010 PASIC, Michael premiered Jonathan Ovalle’s "Epic Proportions" for marimba, drum set, and percussion ensemble with the Texas A&M University – Commerce Percussion Ensemble. Other solo and chamber appearances include performances at Humboldt State University, Colorado State University, University of Iowa, Yamaha Hall in Tokyo, and the Boston Summer Arts Weekend in Copley Square. Michael is proudly endorsed by Encore Mallets, Beetle Percussion, and Marimba One.