Marsha and the Positrons are a DC-based kindie (kids + indie rock) band known for shows that are a ton of family-friendly fun! Both playful and educational, our original songs about science and how the world works are entertaining for adults as well as kids. Besides getting audiences singing along and dancing to songs that inspire curiosity about science, we play traditional favorites, kid-appropriate pop covers and parodies. Our goal is to send families home with smiles on their faces, plant the seeds for good conversations, and share our positive energy with the audience!


Washington Post

Going-Out Guide

Editor's Pick

". . . among the Washington area's most creative and distinctive" children's musicians. 

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Photo by Joe Noyes Photography 


// percussion, vocals, trumpet & flute


Full-time middle school band director and music teacher, jazz singer, and member of Bele Bele Rhythm Collective, Ayanna is a multi-faceted and multi-talented performer.


// percussion & vocals


Instinctive and gifted drummer and drum teacher, Kristen also leads the all-female Bele Bele Rhythm Collective, is the founder of the Young Women's Drumming Empowerment Project, and is the co-proprieter of Hands on Drums drum shop.


// lead vocals & guitar

Singer/songwriter, music teacher, and former cognitive neuroscientist, Marsha brings her positive, playful energy, big smile, and warm, rich voice to the stage — whether singing about outer space or covering kid-appropriate pop songs. 


// bass


Jazz and R&B bassist by night, kindie bassist by day, Wardell's smooth playing reflects years of professional experience playing in many different combos.



// fiddle & vocals

Classically trained, multi-talented & highly versatile,  Chelle refers to herself as a "fiddlist" -- part fiddler, part violinist -- she is also an accomplished violist and singer, and loves playing the electric 5-string fiddle. Chelle is also owner and operator of Music by Anthem who perform at weddings and many events and is a member of the high energy Celtic fusion band, North of Argyll,