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San Marcos Music Academy

565 North Arizona Avenue

Chandler, AZ 85225

(480) 292-7955


565 North Arizona Avenue

Chandler, AZ 85225

(480) 292-7955


Mallet Percussion

Chris Holley

Christopher Holley teaches music at Hamilton High School and is the Band Director at the Arizona Preparatory Academy in Chandler, Arizona. Chris holds a B.A. degree in Music Education and Music Performance in Percussion from Fort Lewis College in Colorado, and a Masters of Music Performance degree in Percussion from the University of New Mexico.

Chris has 25 years experience teaching percussion at the high school and junior high levels. He specializes in teaching music reading, 4 mallet marimba, marching percussion, and world percussion. Chris is a frequent educational clinician at the Arizona Music Educators Association Conference specializing in percussion education. His performance experience includes being a member of the Cadets of Bergen County, Star of Indiana, and Arizona Sun Drum and Bugle Corps, 2nd place winner of the Music Teachers National Association National Marimba Concerto Competition, and the principal timpanist for the San Juan Symphony. Chris is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Arizona Music Educators Association, Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association, and the Percussive Arts Society.

Edward is currently a freelance percussionist and educator in the Phoenix, AZ area. He graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Orchestral Percussion performance in 2014 and has since performed throughout the Midwest. While primarily a marimba player, he is also skilled in snare drum, timpani, and electronic performance. He recently finished writing an open source practice app named PyStopper for musicians.

Edward Cunneen

“My daughter, Hanna, has been taking mallet lessons with Ed for 6 months. It has been wonderful to see her confidence and playing ability grow. Ed gives great balance during the lessons in theory, technique, sight reading practice and assistance with material Hanna has brought for her indoor percussion ensemble and for marching band front ensemble audition music. Lessons with Ed are very well worth the time and effort. We highly recommend him.”

Natalie R. (parent)