Hello! It’s so nice to see you!
My name is Marc, and I am a full-time percussionist and music educator based in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
I have always been amazed with the mysterious and wonderful ways in which something as simple as repeated pitches and rhythms can evoke such strong human emotions.
My relationship with music and with music performance has profoundly changed my life and the way I interact with the world around me. The confidence I’ve gained and the perpetual wonderment of sound are things I am incredibly grateful for, and even more excited to share with others.
Not really sure what you may be looking for and feeling stuck? Let’s chat and see if we can work together to explore the fun and creative world of music and percussion. I’m always open to hearing about your specific situation or event and would love to plan something just fight for you!
It often surprises people when I tell them that I haven’t always been a musician. Growing up I didn’t have the opportunity to play drums until one stormy day, mulling over a break-up, I decided to find a new hobby. I had always wanted to drum and figured this was a good chance to learn something new, but I had no idea how much that one little decision would change my entire life. And that was it. From then on I was hooked. All I could eat/think/dream of was drumming and the rhythms I was learning. I wanted to play more, but work kept taking up so much of my time. (Yes, the song is true!) The solution? Why not just get a music degree…
It was late in the year and I had missed auditions by months, but figured it wouldn’t hurt to send in my application anyways. I don’t know who it was, but I am so grateful to the person who dropped out that prompted a phone call for a last minute audition. With just two months of drum lessons under my belt I muddled my way through a very hairy audition and somehow convinced the jury to take a chance. In a whirlwind three weeks my life took a major turn as I applied, auditioned, and officially started my journey into post-secondary music.
I was fortunate to have studied at Red Deer College for three fantastic years, where I graduated with my Music Diploma in Percussion Performance. This was an exceptional experience for me coming through as an older student and my second career. I participated in several ensembles and performance groups, with a focus on contemporary drumset styles ranging from Jazz, Latin, Funk, Be Bop, Pop, Rock, Reggae, and Big Band. I also spent a great deal of time developing my four-mallet solo marimba repertoire as well as the full range of classical percussion instruments and techniques. Other areas of study included topics such as Music History, Sight Singing, Music Theory, Rhythm and Ear Training, Music Business, and even piano!
After graduating from RDC, my quest to learn and experience as much percussion as possible only grew. It turns out that throughout my studies at RDC I had discovered a deep passion for World Music and rhythms. I wanted to study more, and my search led me to Adam Mason and the University of Lethbridge Bachelor of Music program, and I dove right in…
My studies at UofL were broad, yet incredibly intense and focused. I admit that I maaaaaay have some theory-nerd tendencies, and loved the challenge of advanced music theory and techniques. My music history studies were long and laborous, but I truly value the knowledge and contextual background I gained from those 3am term paper sessions. Brian Black would be so proud to hear that!
Looking back, never in all my dreaming of drumming did I expect to end up where I am. I have been so fortunate to have studied and played with some of the most amazing professors and musicians, and continuously amazed and humbled at the opportunities music has brought to my life.