Atlanta Institute of Music & Media (Guitar)
Marcus is a graduate of performing arts school with extensive experience in the music industry as a performer and teacher.
Marcus grew up in various cities along the Eastern Coast of the United States. Throughout his school career, he sang in choirs and ensembles, which helped to shape his love of music. At the age of 15, Marcus received his first guitar, and has never looked back. Marcus moved to Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C., where he sought to study under Jay Brighton. Jay had a profound influence on Marcus in the areas of music theory, ear training, and, most importantly, the discipline of practice!
After studying with Jay for a few years, Marcus moved to Virginia Beach, VA where he learned from players such as Scott Mishoe and Jay Rakes. In the mean time, Marcus began playing in various bands and recorded his first album Martian Landscape. At times, you would even be able to catch Marcus on stage with Paul Gilbert.
Upon graduating from high school, Marcus wanted to further his knowledge of the music industry, so he moved to Nashville, TN and attended Middle Tennessee State University to study Recording Engineering. During his college years, Marcus continued to play in several bands; he played on numerous recording projects; he taught private lessons; he played in musicals such as Little Shop of Horrors and Grease; and in his spare time, he studied under professional session guitarist, Gwain Reifsnider.
After living in Nashville for several years, Marcus knew that he needed to further his musical education and experience, so he moved to Atlanta, GA and enrolled at the Atlanta Institute of Music (A.I.M.). Marcus graduated with honors from A.I.M. and then was brought on staff so that the newest generation of up-and-coming musicians may learn from his knowledge and experience.
In December of 2001 Marcus played for Keni Thomas's band. The band was featured in the film "Sweet Home Alabama," which was released September 2002.
In 2003 Marcus was the Music Director for the M.S. 150. Other than teaching private guitar lessons and playing in several different bands, in 2009 Marcus produced, engineered, played lead guitar and bass for the debut album of a young rock band based out of eastern North Carolina. In the summer of 2010 Marcus released his album, a compilation of songs written and recorded at different places and times over the years.
Marcus is now working on new material, doing various studio dates, working with different bands and teaching private lessons in the Atlanta area. Marcus is a graduate of performing arts school with extensive experience in the music industry as a performer and teacher.
Marcus grew up in various cities along the Eastern Coast of the United States. Throughout his school career, he sang in choirs and ensembles, which helped to shape his love of music. At the age of 15, Marcus
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I graduated, with honors, from the Atlanta Institute of Music.
Have studied music theory extensively, both in school as well as with private instructors.
Have over 15 years in teaching and performing live.