Rebecca Kite and Pete Magadini Receive Yamaha Legacy in Education Awards at PASIC 2017

Left to right: John Wittmann, Rebecca Kite, Pete Magadini, Greg Crane.

“Both as players and teachers, Rebecca Kite and Pete Magadini exemplify how music and music education change lives,” said John Wittmann, director of artist relations and education, Yamaha Artist Services Indianapolis.

Yamaha bestowed the company’s prestigious Legacy in Education Awards on Rebecca Kite and Pete Magadini at the annual Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), held November 9-11 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Presented by John Wittmann, director of artist relations and education, Yamaha Artist Services Indianapolis, and Greg Crane, manager of artist relations, Yamaha Artist Services Los Angeles, the award recognizes distinguished Yamaha Artists and music educators for their extraordinary service to, and impact on, the field of music education.

“Both as players and teachers, Rebecca Kite and Pete Magadini exemplify how music and music education change lives,” said Wittmann. “They are among those special artists who can inspire audiences and students alike.”

Kite’s contributions as performer, recording artist, teacher, scholar, author and inventor have touched percussion players of all levels. Her definitive biography of Japanese marimba virtuoso Keiko Abe, university-level clinics and groundbreaking marimba arrangements have advanced percussion music at the highest levels. Throughout her career, Kite has also remained devoted to fostering new students. She was the first artist to record marimba pieces traditionally played by beginners, allowing them to hear how the music should be played. Her diverse performing career has included stints as an orchestral percussionist (Owensboro Symphony, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera) and solo marimba artist playing both new music and adaptations of repertoire originally for lute, guitar and violin. Equally significant has been her long tenure as Percussion Department Technician at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, which led her to design dozens of improvements for percussion instruments (four of which received U.S. patents). She joined the Yamaha artist roster in 1992.

A professional drummer since age 16, Magadini’s…

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