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Joe Buono and Tristan Clarke became friends while studying at the Peabody Conservatory, and they have been playing melodicas together since 2016. A melodica is a cross between a keyboard and a harmonica, using breath to vibrate the reeds.
They funded their first tour by busking on the street, and their “Rite of Spring” video went viral and gained over 1.5 million views on YouTube in one day.
Their clever arrangements and presentations of the classics have gained them many friends, so that they now have over 230,000 followers on social media and over 30 million views worldwide thus far. They are also pioneering a new way of learning music as a language through the melodica, establishing a pilot program in elementary schools only two years ago, with a full online curriculum in development.
Tristan is a graduate of The Juilliard School and plays Principal Trumpet with the Jacksonville Symphony, and Joe has two master’s degrees from Peabody Conservatory and is currently teaching and composing