Marc is the Dean of the College of Performing Arts at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, a Professor of Drumset, and a busy international performer, clinician, teacher, and researcher. Hes performed with countless artists (Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Ben Vereen, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Tom Kennedy, Stanley Clarke, Christian McBride, Natalie Cole); orchestras (Dallas, Honolulu, Nashville, New Orleans Philadelphia); recorded for TV/film; conducted clinics at universities (USC, Villanova, LSU, Cal State, Temple, & in England, Chile, Japan, Seoul, Singapore), and at IAJE, JEN, & PASIC. He is a regular contributor to Modern Drummer Magazine and member of their International Education Team.
Most memorable Next-Level PerformancePlaying the 4th of July Celebration in Washington, DC with Ben Vereen and the Army Blues Big Band on the mall in front of 200,00 people! Amazing musicians and experience! Another is the first time I performed with Frank Sinatra!
What Drives Your Creativity?Listening to all types of music and drummers, talking about drums, teaching drums, doing research in neuroscience and cognitive psychology as they relate to motor skill development, handedness, learning, practice, and handedness, painting (expressionistic) and family (authenticity).
Why do you choose Vic Firth?The sticks feel so good and natural in my hands that they become an extension of my body, almost invisible, allowing for interpretation, imagination, and complete self-expression. Also, the incredible consistency in every stick!