Ted Yoder

"Ted Yoder is the Bela Fleck of the hammered dulcimer" - Michael Johnathon, Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour

Ted Yoder Band is a progressive band led by the barefoot "Bela Fleck of the hammered dulcimer." Ted's music rocketed around the world when his instrumental version of Everybody Wants to Rule the World went viral with over 100 million views. Ted leads from a heart in touch with human emotion and experience. When his whole family survived a car accident, it caused Ted to rethink everything. And so he took the leap into a music career. Ted quickly won the title of National Hammered Dulcimer Champion and his breakout band has already opened for Jake Shimabukuro. These days Ted is joined by marimba, drums, percussion, fretless bass, and strings to create a sound like the love child of Bruce Hornsby and Emerson, Lake, & Palmer.


"Your performance on Friday night was phenomenal! The music with the marimba, dulcimer, drums and bass is very unique and unexpected for those instruments.  The band was also a lot of fun on stage, which made our audience feel comfortable.  They really enjoyed themselves."

Peg M. - Stroede Center, Defiance, OH

"Leave your expectations behind. You might have heard the hammered dulcimer before, but you haven't experienced the hammered dulcimer until you've heard it played by Ted Yoder." 

Tim Kays - Reporter Northwest Ohio

"In many ways, Ted Yoder is the perfect musician for the 21st century; his passionate playing style and easy-going personality make him a natural online star." 

 "It’s impossible to imagine that one wooden stringed instrument can sound like an entire rock band or a whole symphony orchestra all in one." 

Kristi Wooten - HuffPost

APAP 2022 Showcases

General Program Overview (14m 18s)
Experience virtual, live, and full production with optional string quartet - a quick taste of what Ted Yoder Band offers.

Virtual Program (13m 50s)
Whether it's a livestream or pre-recorded production, Ted Yoder Band is ready to flex for the current needs of virtual audiences without sacrificing quality.

Christmas & Winter Program (14m 23s)
Built around the 2020 album Shadowlight, this winter program can be customized for both before and after the holiday season with virtual and live flexibility.

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Genre & Touring Overview

Genre - Progressive Acoustic Rock

  • Instrumental (hammered dulcimer, marimba, percussion, fretless bass)
  • Cinematic (with option for string quartet)
  • Classic rock/pop & folk covers + originals
  • Song list options include originals only or originals + covers (vocals on some covers)
  • Winter program available with with or without Christmas songs (to remain suitable through spring)


  • Based out of Goshen Indiana; open to nationwide opportunities
  • Virtual performances available (pre-recorded or livestreamed)
  • Touring company includes 4 core band members and 1-2 off-stage staff; additional personnel may include sound engineer and string quartet
  • 3 hour load-in & sound check / 1.5 hour strike time
  • Normal performance runs 60-90m without intermission; options for multiple sets, intermissions, and shorter sets available
  • Minimum stage requirements:
    25ft long x 10ft deep (for 4 piece band)
    40ft long x 20ft deep (for band + string quartet)

Ideal Venues/Events

  • Community theaters & performing arts centers
  • Outdoor concert series (full cover & electricity required)
  • Museums, wineries, restaurants with live music focus
  • Fine arts & local specialty celebrations
  • Private events
  • Education programs (general education, libraries, music schools, corporate training)
  • Click here for the current concert schedule

For booking questions contact Sarah Haag at booking@tedyoder.com

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Presenter/Promoter Resources

Ted Yoder - hammered dulcimer & vocals
Sarah Haag - marimba
Toby Hazlett - fretless & upright bass
Doug Haag - percussion

String quartet members will vary; names may not be available in advance.

Promotional copy, contract template, and rider/venue guide available below to download.

Educational Programs Overview Sample outreach programs for a variety of audiences available from the Ted Yoder Band. 18.4 MB
Band Bios Need copy for marketing or programs? This document has a variety of bio lengths covering most needs. 20.9 KB
Engagement Contract Blank template contract for Ted Yoder Band 233 KB
Rider & Guide for Venues Tech/Hospitality Rider - to be used in conjunction with contract 415 KB
Multiple Performances Contract Addendum Blank addendum template for contracts with more than 1 performance 109 KB