Marc T. Bolin
Marc is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and arranger who destroys all preconceived notions of musical reality....crosses many musical boundaries...who has "an absolutely tooth-rattling lower end."
Marc Timothy Bolin
Marc T. Bolin has performed with such artists as B.B. King, Christina Aguilera, Stevie Wonder, Neil Diamond, Mötley Crüe, Kenny Burrell, Sheila E, the Black Eyed Peas and Aloe Blacc, performed in two of Philip Glass' operas, and has even played on the Mississippi riverboats. In 2006, Marc participated in a state tour of China and performed at the Red Sea Jazz Festival with the Ambassadors of New Orleans' Jazz. In 2007, Marc was commissioned to realize Duke Ellington's incomplete opera Queenie Pie for the Oakland Opera Theater, then in 2008 was invited to present his research and reflections in his paper Realizing the Duke at the Echoes of Ellington Conference at UT Austin. In addition to playing and writing music, Marc is an experienced teacher and youth advocate who has worked with multicultural youth from diverse backgrounds at the elementary and high school levels in workshops and residencies stretching from one day to ten months. His work as an arts-educator has included appointments throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as teaching through UCLA's Music Outreach Program. He was co-founder of Toones, After-School Music Enrichment program in the San Francisco Bay area. As an Artist for both Eastman and Denis Wick, Marc is committed to educating young musicians, providing private lessons and master classes on tuba/sousaphone and trombone. Marc earned his Bachelor of Arts from UCLA at 41 years of age, where he studied tuba with Patrick Sheridan, Fritz Kaenzig, and Aubrey Foard; trombone with James Miller; composition with James Newton; and conducting with Dr. Tom Lee. Marc also received and M.M. in Music Performance, as well as an M.A. in ethnomusicology, from the University of California, Los Angeles. As a doctoral student in UCLA’s Department of Ethnomusicology, his research interests are New Orleans brass band music and African-American musical traditions, particularly jug band music, jazz, jazz opera, marching-performing-street bands in the United States, LA studio culture, and West Coast Hip-Hop Orchestras.
Torn between the worlds of classical and jazz, and the spiritual freedom of free jazz, Marc's writing explores the resonance and dissonance of these musical forces while incorporating elements of New Orleans second-line, funk, blues, R&B, hip-hop and salsa from his youth creating his own personal style that is decidedly contemporary and urban. You can see him playing "windbass," replacing the electric or upright bass, in many bands in the Los Angeles area.
Marc is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and fought in Operation Desert Storm for the liberation of Kuwait.
I am currently located in New Orleans, Louisiana, finishing up my dissertation on second line culture in Los Angeles.
is a new model of brass band, presenting a hybrid of styles designed to create a distinct sound and reach a broader range of listeners...AND KEEP THEM DANCING!!