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Heather Thorn

Artists/Composers - Master Educators & Endorsers



Heather Thorn

Heather Thorn is an accomplished artist whose performance career spans the fields of music, acting and modeling. 

In 2011, Heather was a featured guest artist on xylophone in the Michael Andrew Swingin' Christmas show. She was also a member of the PAS 50th Anniversary Marimba Orchestra under the baton of Gordon Stout. Heather has performed with the Asheville and Fayetteville Symphonies and has appeared as a soloist with the percussion ensembles of University of North Carolina- Asheville, University of North Carolina-Greensboro and Ithaca College. She was a proud member of Gordon Stout’s Marimba Band for two years. Heather also performed with the musical trio Triplets, which featured her as a xylophone soloist. Other notable performances include appearing as a soloist in the Sound Celebration Concert - a benefit for the Georgian Bay Symphony in Owen Sound, Ontario, First Night of Asheville New Year’s celebration and as a xylophonist at Universal's Islands of Adventure. 

Currently, Heather resides in Orlando, Florida where she performs and has a private studio of more than 45 percussion students. She also works regularly as a clinician and guest artist in many of the area schools and co-directs the percussion department at Trinity Preparatory School. She is band leader for her groups Vivacity and Home Town Heroes, which feature her on the xylophone. Heather performs with the Walt Disney Orchestra and with Michael Andrew and Swingerhead. She also has her own solo vaudeville show featuring an original character Xillie the Xylophonist.

Heather has a passionate interest in the history of xylophone and is working with Bill Cahn on a project to digitize and preserve nearly 1500 recordings of xylophone and percussion music from 1898-1929. Heather holds a Bachelor of Music degree with a minor in theatre from Ithaca College. She has attended the Leigh Howard Stevens Marimba Seminar and the Bob Becker Ragtime Institute. Her teachers have included Gordon Stout, Bob Becker and Byron Hedgepeth.

Heather plays a Malletech Bob Becker xylophone.