Drummer, percussionist, pianist, and composer Maria Kundakcioglu is a senior student at Martingrove Collegiate Institute in Toronto. She graduated from the Special Advanced Program at the Yamaha Music School where she began composing for piano at the age of 6. She has since recorded and performed her compositions arranged for various ensembles with professional musicians in Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Whistler, and at the Asian Oceania Junior Original Concert in Thailand, Bangkok. Maria was inspired to begin arranging her compositions for stage band by her school conductor after hearing her perform her combo arrangement of “Sol Fiesta” performed at the Living Arts Center in Toronto in a tribute concert for Oscar Peterson. Consequently, the John G. Althouse middle school stage band brought home the gold and adjudicator’s award from The Heritage Music Festival in Chicago in 2006 along with first place at the Kiwanis Ontario Provincial Music Festival with Maria’s composition and arrangement of “Sol Fiesta” as part of their repertoire.Her composition “Tumbadora” was debuted in a combo version at the Sheraton Centre for the Performing Arts while opening for Herbie Hancock during the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival in 2007. Currently, Maria teaches drums privately, writes and sings with the band “A Goodbye Incident!”, can be found counseling and teaching percussion at Mono Cliffs and Albion Hills Toronto District School Board summer camps, conducting her school choir, and playing percussion and piano with the Etobicoke Youth Band and many performing ensembles at her high school.