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Victor Marshall is the founder and director of Marshall Hand & Drum Ensemble, a multi-percussion instrumental group that brings the musical African Diaspora drumming aspects to life. Victor Marshall’s life long dedication to the study and education of West African percussion began at the age of sixteen.
Marshall continues to study new forms of music such as the balafon, a Malinke (a West African ethnic group) instrument that is the original xylophone through a New Jersey State Council of the Arts Folk Arts grant.
Marshall has taught West African drumming through a variety of different educational programs; including the continuing education programs at Middlesex College and Rutgers University. He has also taught workshops at the American Repertory Ballet Company as well as numerous middle schools and colleges in New York and New Jersey. Victor has also held teaching residencies at NJPAC, and continues to hold weekly classes at the Neighborhood Playhouse in Plainfield, NJ.
One of his projects also includes the interactive/musical play “Sunjata Kamalenya” in partnership with the City of Princeton and New Jersey’s McCarter Theater, which toured throughout the tri-state area in 2011.
In addition to his solo career as a percussionist, Victor Marshall is the musical director of Iwa L’ewa Heritage Dance Ensemble. Iwa L’ewa is a New Jersey based group that explores dance, music and the story of Africa and the Caribbean.