The Maroons

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The Maroons are a Minneapolis musical trio that plays the popular music of the English-speaking Caribbean Islands, including calypso and reggae. The Maroons get their name from the African slaves who were “marooned” when the slave ships ran a ground on the Caribbean Islands. They have earned lavish praise from schools throughout Minnesota for their colorful and informative presentations.

mick laBriola, a well-known Twin Cities musician and music historian, leads the Maroons. He has opened for such international music acts as Ziggy Marley, The Wailers, Yellowman, Black Uhuru, The Mystic Revealers and Big Mountain. mick has been working in schools and teaching workshops since 1992 and has been music director for the international children’s project, Songs of Hope, based in Saint Paul, since 1991.

Program Offerings


Caribbean Music of Trinidad and Jamaica

Students will discover the musical and social history of the Caribbean-African diaspora through the music of Trinidad and Jamaica. This energetic and educational program, with its steel pan, conga drums, fonde, rhumba box, mbira, guitar and bass, will bring the islands of the Caribbean to your classroom and illustrate the African influence on the Americas.

Note: A sound rental fee normally is needed. Prices vary for community and business bookings. Please contact staff for more information.


COMPAS is an arts education nonprofit that puts creativity in the hands of Minnesotans, regardless of their age, background, or skills. Based in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area, COMPAS teaching artists deliver creative experiences and arts programming across Minnesota.

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.