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Whether he is playing chamber music in Carnegie Hall, a drum set concerto in the National Theatre of Ghana, or giving a marimba recital in a castle outside Salzburg, Jonny Allen performs with a passion and mastery that enthralls audiences and draws them into even the most contemporary of soundscapes.  A strong advocate for percussion chamber music, Jonny is a member of Sandbox Percussion Quartet, an ensemble changing the face of new music through vibrant performances of new works.  As a drumset player, he performs most actively with Department of Jazz, a trio that unites disparate genres and audiences through innovative arrangements, compositions and virtuosity.  Jonny Allen has won prizes at both the International Chamber Music Competition and the International Marimba Competition in Salzburg.  He was also a recipient of the Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music where he completed a Bachelor’s degree in 2011.  He is currently adjunct faculty at the Peabody Conservatory.  He is also endorsed by the stick and mallet company, Vic Firth, as a part of their Young Artist Program.  Jonny holds both Masters and an Artist Diploma in Percussion Performance from the Yale School of Music where he Studied with Professor Robert van Sice and performed with the world class Yale Percussion Group.