Makana Jimbu started learning piano and Electone (Electronic organ) when she was four years old at Yamaha Music School program in Japan. She also learned composition from Mrs.Yoko Takano when she was seven years old. She was a member of the Electone ensemble group and competed in many competitions while she was studying at the school. At the age of thirteen, she started learning percussion instruments in the competitive band at Tamagawa Academy Junior High School. She was a percussionist in Tamagawa Academy Wind Symphony and won gold medal and silver medal in the All Japan Band Association while she was playing with them. 
She went to Senzoku Gakuen High School of Music as a Percussion major and studied with prof. Kikuko Ishii for three years. She got the second prize in Japan Classical Music Competition in 2007. When she was graduate from school, she was invited to Hayama new face concert as an outstanding student of the school. She graduated from Senzoku Gakuen College of Music as an outstanding student in 2013. She also got Maeda memorial scholarship while she was pursuing her bachelor's degree. She won the first prize in Japan Percussion Association Competition in 2013. She got awards at many competitions, such as third prize in KOBE international marimba competition in 2009, 3rd prize in Cho-ko cup music competition. She studied with Prof. Kikuko Ishii and Prof. Momoko Kamiya for Marimba and Percussion, Christopher Hardy for Hand drumming at college. She moved to the United States in 2013, and started the Graduate Artist Certificate program for 2 years and pursed under the tutelage of Prof. Mark Ford and Prof. Christopher Deane at the University of North Texas. She also studied Jazz vibraphone with Mr. Ed Smith. 
She expanded her competition area to the United States, Europe, and Taiwan. She got 2nd prize in Poland international Marimba Competition in 2014. She was a semi-finalist of the Great Plain Marimba Competition in 2016, and semi-finalist of Taiwan International Percussion Competition in 2017, and she got 3rd prize in Italy PAS international marimba competition in 2019. She graduated from the University of NorthTexas with a Master of Music for percussion performance in 2019. Shortly after, she became an endorser of Innovative Percussion. She is currently a very motivated educator to teach from elementary school students to high school students besides gigging in Tokyo, Japan.  

Makana Jimbu