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Lost Coast Marimbas

Lost Coast Marimbas are a unique, dynamic ensemble that blends a variety of musical styles with innovative instruments to produce a stirring, enchanting sound that inspires audiences of all ages. The band has an enthusiastic approach to popular music that encourages creative expression by combining rock & roll, jazz, reggae and world beat. Established in 1993, the Lost Coast Marimbas have been lighting up the Northern California local music scene for over ten years with their melodic pulse and rhythmic groove.

Lost Coast Marimbas enjoy a rich and colorful history among a lively cast of energetic members who combine social awareness, cultural diversity and vibrant sound in their music. The roots of the band were formed as early as 1986 with the groups Garberville Marimba Band and Los Hombres and several of the original musicians have continued playing together throughout the years. The Garberville Marimba Band produced the compilation “Emerald Forest” in 1991, which generated success both nationally and internationally and will be re-released in the coming year.

Lost Coast Marimbas have just released a new CD with 11 tracks that capture much of the prime material of the last several years. The CD is entitled Lost Coast Marimbas and is receiving frequent airtime at local radio stations and was well-promoted during the 2005 north coast festival circuit.

Lost Coast Marimbas explore numerous elements of music by composing on a variety of uncommon, culturally diverse instruments. They create their unique sound by integrating a keyboard section of a bass marimba, a 3-octave marimba, and two 4 ½-octave marimbas with an innovative percussion section of congas, bongos, and various other instruments such as electric guitar, violin, saxophone and flute. The band play marimbas handcrafted by founding member Bryce Gray, who exhibits these unique instruments annually at the Oregon Country Faire.

Lost Coast Marimbas are a versatile band available for a variety of events from well-established venues to weddings, parties and special occasions. They regularly appear at festivals and events in Northern California and perform annually at several popular events such as: The Summer Arts and Music Festival in Benbow; The North Country Faire in Arcata; and Roll on the Mattole in Petrolia, and Trinity Tribal Stomp in They have also made three appearances at Reggae on the River in 1993, 2001, and 2005.  Lost Coast Marimbas have played with such greats as Little Feat, New Riders of the Purple Sage, The David Nelson Band, Clan Dyken and many others.

Lost Coast Marimbas are eager to share their creative vision with people seeking self-expression and harmonious interaction with music and art. Please contact them if you are interested in becoming part of this magical and exciting experience.



Band Members

Bryce Gray
Founder, leader of the band, and composer. Plays marimbas and vibraphone. Bryce played guitar for 12 years and his search for more deeply inspired music led him to the magical world of marimbas. He builds most of the marimbas and puts his steady craftsman’s hands into his playing, making his contribution to the band a very special one.

Micha Sammel
Original member and composer. Plays marimbas and vibraphone. Born and raised in Germany, Micha brings a Slavic style to this unique band. As a composer and arranger of many songs, Micha mixes melody, harmony and rhythm in a hypnotic way. Favorite move: Paragliding into a gig from 10,000 feet just in time for the first song.

Archie Umina
Original member, a.k.a. Chango Loco. Plays marimbas and vibraphone. Archie is the spiritual leader of the band and always has something inspirational to say. He loves people and loves to play.

JR Peterson
Nickname: Magic Hands. Plays marimbas, vibraphone and percussion. JR has played with over fifteen bands in the past twenty-five years. Supported by a classical and jazz education and many years playing rock & roll drums, JR’s jump back to marimba was a natural progression. JR puts energy, excitement and heart into every live performance.

Keith Rashall
Keith Rashall plays congas and djembe for the band. He provides a firm rhythm foundation derived from 30 years experience playing drums. His musical influence includes North African,West African, Afro-Cuban, Arabic, East Indian and of course American Popular music. Keith says: my goal is to create a rhythm template for the other players to layer their parts on.

Curt Sherman
Nickname: Mr. Steady on the Shakers. Plays percussion. Keeps the island feel alive with his mix of clave, guiro, shakers, cowbells, woodblocks, congas and bongos. Favorite move: Keeping the band together when it seems as if they are drifting off into space.

Horacio Altan
Plays percussion. A native of Guatemala, Horacio has seen many marimba bands and builders from his homeland. His cultural background and extensive history of playing hand drums make him a natural for the Latin feel he brings to the band. He adds flavor and smiles with the bongos, congas, cowbells and floor toms, as well as vocals with “Afro-Cuban” flair.

Daniel Turner
Nickname: JAG. Plays alto and soprano saxophone and flute. He is the newest member of the band who adds exciting, melodic sax runs to the mix.

Roy Herlyck
Nickname: Otis Fiddler Berry. Roy has been playing classical violin since age eight and picked up the rock guitar at age 15. He cites Otis Redding, Chuck Berry and Jimi Hendrix as his main influences and has been involved with several bands, most recently recording with Crimson Pulse.

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