Guest Artist Profiles
Drew Lang, marimba soloist Percussion

Brief Bio

Drew Lang is a percussionist dedicated to furthering the marimba as a solo and chamber music instrument. He has commissioned and premiered works for marimba in solo, chamber and concerto settings. An active recitalist and clinician, Drew appears throughout the United States as a soloist and also with his wife, Helen Blackburn, in their marimba/flute duo. Mr. Lang also performs with Chris Hanning in the percussion duo Double Impact. His performances have been broadcast on NPR and featured on the McGraw-Hill Young Artists Showcase on WQXR radio in New York.

Always looking for quality new music, he has formed a special relationship with composer G. Bradley Bodine. The collaboration has resulted in A Cross on Wood for solo marimba, Rhapsodia for flute and marimba, and Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra, which was premiered at the International Festival-Institute at Round Top. In the Fall of 2004 He will be recording the wind ensemble version of the concerto with the Meadows Wind Ensemble.

Mr. Lang has also worked with Simon Sargon and Robert Beaser on transcriptions for the Blackburn/Lang Duo. He worked with David Maslanka on the premier recording of his Concerto for Marimba and Band with the University of Arizona Wind Ensemble (released by Albany records - TROY 424). Mr. Lang can also be heard on Daniel McCarthy's Concerto for Marimba, Percussion, and Synthesizer with the Meadows Percussion Ensemble (GSCD 346).

As a percussionist, Mr. Lang performs regularly with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Opera, the Dallas Wind Symphony, Ft. Worth Symphony, and Casa Mañana Musicals. He has also played regularly such groups as the Plano Symphony, Turtle Creek Chorale, Texas Chamber Orchestra, and various theatre groups in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. This summer, he will serve as Principal Percussionist at the Breckenridge Music Festival. He has served as Principal Percussionist for the Music in the Mountains Festival in Durango, Colorado and the International Festival-Institute at Round Top.

Having a diverse background, some highlights range from being a member of the 27th Lancer Drum and Bugle Corp snare line, to filling in for the drummer of the Fifth Dimension. Other highlights include recording with the Dallas Symphony, Dallas Wind Symphony, the Dallas Brass and the Turtle Creek Chorale.

Drew is a Promark® Artist, and the Blackburn/Lang Duo are on the Texas Commission on the Arts Texas Touring Program Artist Roster.

As a marimba specialist, Lang has commissioned and premiered and recorded works for marimba in solo, chamber and concerto settings. His most recent project was an 11 university consortium commission of NAMASTE: Concerto for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble by G. Bradley Bodine. Drew appears throughout the United States as a soloist and in his duo with Flutist Helen Blackburn.

Drew is on the percussion faculties at Southern Methodist University and Eastfield College and is director of the “MARIMBA MADNESS” summer Junior High/High School percussion camp, and plays in the rock band Scarlet Vermillion.


Michael Boudewyns, actor

Brief Bio

In 2004, Michael co-founded Really Inventive Stuff. In 2004, he also made his solo orchestra debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

In the 16-17 season, Michael makes his debuts with the Regina Symphony Orchestra in Canada (Peter and the Wolf), the Imperial Symphony Orchestra (Dvorak's New World), the Quad City Symphony Orchestra Symphony (Green Eggs and Ham, The Sneetches), the Allentown Symphony Orchestra (Peter and the Wolf, The Toy Symphony), the Missoula Symphony (The Story of Babar, Tubby the Tuba), the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra (Peter and the Wolf, The Toy Symphony), and the Lake George Music Festival (The Story of Babar).

As a member of Really Inventive Stuff, he has performed family concerts with orchestras internationally (Singapore), in Canada (Victoria and Winnipeg), and around the United States (Annapolis, Charlotte, Delaware, Des Moines, Detroit, Harrisburg, Hartford, Illinois, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Kennett, Lincoln, Milwaukee, the National Symphony, New Haven, Philadelphia, Portland, Princeton, Richardson, Richmond, Saint Louis, Symphony in C, Symphony of Southeast Texas, Texarkana, Tulane University, Utah, and the Westchester Philharmonic).

Michael's many orchestra performances also include Beyond the Score presentations with the Philadelphia Orchestra (Beethoven 5, Bartok’s The Miraculous Mandarin, Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, and Prokofiev 5), the National Symphony Orchestra (Shostakovich 4) and the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra (Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, Tchaikovsky 5 and Beethoven 5).

He studied Theatre at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. He is also a graduate of the Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP) at the University of Delaware, and co-founder of ReallyInventiveStuff.