Pianist, singer, composer, and director, Alvin Waddles began studying the piano at the age of eight in his hometown of Detroit. He continued his studies at the Interlochen Arts Academy and the University Of Michigan School Of Music. After returning home to Detroit he immediately immersed himself in the rich musical culture of the city, benefiting from the diverse influences that would eventually shape his own unique style.
Mr. Waddles has worked in the Detroit and Ann Arbor Public Schools and currently serves as Musical Consultant/Musical Director for the Mount Vernon Public Schools, Performing Arts Dept in New York. He has also served as Music Ministries of several churches; among them, the historic New Bethel Baptist Church, Hartford Memorial Baptist and Hope United Methodist in Southfield, Michigan where he has served as the Director of Music since 1995
Mr. Waddles has delighted Detroit music lovers with performances in a variety of musical events including the international Detroit Jazz Fest and the Detroit Festival of the Arts. He is the featured piano soloist in the often-sold-out annual productions of “Too Hot to Handel” in both Detroit and Chicago and can be found performing wherever music is celebrated from festivals to jazz clubs, and performing arts venues. Waddles received the 2010 Excellence Award from Detroit Musicians Association and the Detroit City Council’s 2015 Spirit of Detroit Award. He was the 2018 Artist in Residence at the Tuba Bach Festival in west Michigan and was recently named the Detroit Jazz Festival 2022 Detroit Legacy Artist!
Composer and percussionist Noah Mallett has been making music for as long as he can remember. A native of Big Rapids, Michigan, he made his public debut at age 6 playing alongside renowned jazz drummer Bernie Dresel and has continued to delight audiences as both performer and composer. Noah is constantly curious, and endlessly in pursuit of new styles, colors, and influences; as a result, his music is “charmingly eclectic”.
As a composer, his works have been performed by artists including the Harlem String Quartet, Invoke String Quartet, flutist Marco Granados, the Jorge Glem Trio, soprano Caroline Worra, the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony, and many others. He was also chosen as a Composition Merit Scholar in 2017 by the National YoungArts Association. Noah recently released a CD of 1920s-30s ragtime xylophone music with Blue Griffin Records, for which he contributed several arrangements.
In addition to his composition-based efforts, Noah is also an acclaimed marimbist, having appeared as soloist with the Brevard Music Center Festival Orchestra, Grand Rapids Youth Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphonic Band, and Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra, and was featured on WQXR’s (NY) Young Artist Showcase in 2018.
Noah currently studies composition and percussion at Michigan State University, working with professors Ricardo Lorenz, Zhou Tian, and Gwendolyn Dease. He also serves as organist at his local church and is an avid collector of flamboyant socks.
David Hall has been Assistant Principal Percussionist and Assistant Principal Timpanist with the Grand Rapids Symphony since 1987. As one of America’s leading marimbists, David has been delighting audiences with his virtuosity and musical sensitivity. In addition to his many recitals throughout the Midwest, David often solos with the Grand Rapids Symphony and other West Michigan arts organizations. He has toured as a soloist in Taiwan, in Guatemala, and together with the North American Choral Company.
A native of Concord, Massachusetts, David completed his undergraduate studies at Ithaca College, where he studied with Gordon Stout and was a three-time winner of the college’s Annual Concerto Competition. He received his master’s degree in music from the Eastman School where he also was awarded a Performer’s Certificate. His 2000 compact disc, Saudação!, featuring the Grand Rapids Symphony, is one of the most popular marimba recordings today.
David served as Acting Assistant Professor of Percussion at Michigan State University from 2003-05 and at Central Michigan University in the fall of 2008. He is a member of the Michigan Touring Artist Roster and is represented by Great Lakes Performing Artist Associates. David lives in the Forest Hills area with his wife, Caroline, and two sons, Benjamin and Evan.