Jeff Marino is currently the band leader and drummer for multi Grammy-winning artist Darius Rucker. A Berklee College of Music Alumnus who has been based out of Nashville, touring and recording for nearly 25 years, Jeff has toured with 16 different artists who've had Number 1 songs. He has played drums behind a seemingly endless list of entertainers: Jo Dee Messina, Blake Shelton, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Keith Urban and Sherly Crow just to name a few.
Most memorable Next-Level PerformanceThe first high level artist I ever worked with was Natalie Cole. Just one time, but I will never forget the feeling when you hear a voice you've heard so many times on the radio come through Your monitor. I thought if I never go any further in music at least I experienced it once. Little did I know I'd get to spend my career making music with so many familiar voices.
What Drives Your Creativity?Drums are a journey, not a destination...that's my motto. They can't be mastered. My passion to continue to play, explore and improve behind the drums has never diminished. There's always something in front of you. Something you can do better or something you've never done at all.
Why do you choose Vic Firth?I choose to play the Extreme 5B daily when I play, but honestly, I think I could play any Vic stick. I've tried at least 10 different models and I could see myself using any of them every day. There's something about a Vic Firth stick that when you pick them up, they feel like a natural extension of your hands. Why would you want anything else?