Senior Todd Andersen isn't keen on karaoke, but he wouldn't mind performing with The Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps on marimba. Get to know this talented percussionist through his interview & a great playlist including Snarky Puppy, Stevie Wonder and Queen! 


What is your favorite thing to do in Cleveland?

I enjoy sight-seeing, especially throughout the Metroparks. Cleveland has so many unique little areas and there's always something new to explore.

How many siblings do you have?

I have one older sister.

What is your favorite percussion instrument to play?

My favorite percussion instrument would have to be the marimba. It has the ability to play chords and also has the largest playing range of the standard keyboard percussion instruments, with most spanning between 4 and 5 octaves. It’s a very versatile instrument that produces a uniquely beautiful sound.

What motivates you to work hard?

I feel like there is always room for improvement, no matter what it is in life. Some might call it “perfectionism," but I call it motivation.

If you were going to do karaoke, what would your go-to song choice be?

Karaoke? Me? Ha ha, good one. However, if I absolutely had to, I’d choose Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody and it would probably resemble the famous scene from Wayne’s World.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

So far, my proudest accomplishment would have to be getting accepted into the wonderful organization that is the Contemporary Youth Orchestra. It's difficult for me to believe that if I had never joined, I would have missed out on all of the one-of-a-kind experiences and accomplishments that I've had (and have yet to have) with this orchestra.

What is one of your favorite CYO memories?

One of my favorite CYO memories would have to be playing the djembe duet feature in “Marrakesh Express” at the Graham Nash concert. It was my first time ever playing a featured part at the front of the stage and it was an honor to do so alongside such an iconic artist at the beautiful Severance Hall.

If you could join any past or current music group, which would you choose?

It would be a dream to play marimba in the front ensemble of The Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps (from Canton, Ohio), which is among the most prestigious marching ensembles in the world and my personal favorite out of all of the DCI World-Class corps.

If you came with a warning label, what would it say?

Warning: prone to state unsolicited puns.

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