Hatch, Earl

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Earl Hatch


Born: August 24, 1906

Died: November 05, 1996, North Hollywood, California

Country: Greeley, Colorado, U.S.A.



Dr. Earh Hatch was born at Greely, Colorado at August 24,1906 and passed away at November 5,1996 at North Hollywood,California. His parents were both musical and he started his career as snare drummer at six, and trap drummer with the Theater Orchestra at the age of ten years. He first time played marimba solo with pit orchestra in local theater. Since there was an indicent that his mallet head accidentally hit an audience at between her eyes at play, the local paper called with laugh , " Dead Eye, the Mallet Slinger ".

He learned piano at fifteen, and went on the road with a six piece jazz band as a piano player. After that, his long music career continued until his death, including Walt Disney percission and its management jobs and at other movie companies. His own designed bass marimba can be heard in the movies such as " Dr.Zhivago ", " Sound of Music " and " The King and I ". Until he dies, he had been an Honorary Member of the Japan Xylophone Association for long years.

Dr.Earl Hatch was given an Honorary Doctorate of Music in February,1988. Remaining over 600 pieces of musics by compositions and arrangements in his private library, Dr.passed away at 90 years old , of course after brought up so many good professional players all over the United States. Most of his works can be obtained at Earl Hatch Publications.[1]

Works for Percussion

A Real Gone Ghost - Marimba; Piano
Capriccio Marimbata - Marimba
Carlsbad - Percussion Quartet; Piano
Challenge I - Marimba
Chapel by the Sea - Vibraphone
Chicken Reel - Marimba
Chinese Slumber Song - Marimba
Chromatones - Marimba; Piano
Chromatrix - Marimba; Piano
Clowns - Marimba; Piano
Concert Conglomerate of Old Jigs, Reels and Hornpipes - Marimba; Piano - or Percussion Trio (Marimba)
Concerto for Marimba and Nine Strings - Marimba; Orchestra
Dance of the Hippollollipops - Marimba
Etude No. 10 - Marimba
Etude-1955 - Marimba
Furioso and Valse No. 2 - Marimba
Gymnopedia - Marimba; Piano
Introduction and Tarentella - Marimba; Piano
Jammin the Blues - Marimba; Piano
Jet Propulsion - Marimba
Jewels - Marimba
Little Beaver - Marimba
Little Brave - Marimba
Little Fox Trot for Small Marimbas - Marimba
Little Fox Trot No. 2 - Marimba
March of the Four Mallets - Marimba
My Marimba and I - Marimba
Night Wind (Nocturne in D Minor) - Marimba
Olvera St., L.A. - Percussion Quintet
Pantomime - Marimba
Penguins - Marimba
Pliatan (Echoes of the Gamelan) - Percussion Trio; Bassoon
Polka (Hatch) - Marimba
Portrait of Sumiko - Marimba; Piano
Rickshaw - Marimba
Rimba Samba - Marimba
Ritual Orientale - Marimba
Rock and Roll Cowboy Boogie - Marimba
Seascape - Vibraphone
Simile Samba - Marimba
Tarentella - Marimba
The Bugler - Timpani; Percussion; Percussion Septet
The Everglades - Percussion Duo
The Gibraltar Concertino - Marimba; Contrabass, or Piano
The Haunted House - Marimba
The Keystone Cops Caper - Marimba
The Streamliner (Solo) - Marimba
The Streamliner - Percussion Ensemble (11)
Themes and Variations on Japanese Children's Songs - Marimba; Piano
Three Concert Pieces for 8 Hands on 2 Marimbas - Percussion Quartet; Marimba Quartet; String Bass
Triple-Tech Etude - Marimba
Valse Mystique - Vibraphone
Windblown - Marimba; Electric Bass or Piano


  1. Earl Hatch Bio Retrieved 06/14/2012