Invited Lectures and Talks

2021                  Guest speaker at Lexington Philharmonic’s “Queenie Pie, Ellington and Colorism” panel discussion with Dr. Everett McCorvey, and

                                           Dr. DaMaris Hill. 

2019                  "African American Music: From the Middle Passage through the Civil Rights Era," Music Appreciation, Pierce College

2018                  "The New Orleans Second Line as a Site for Analysis of Globalization," for World Arts and Cultures: Theories of Culture, UCLA

2017                  "The Jazz Funeral: Second Line, Ritual, and the Spectacle of New Orleans in Los Angeles," Music, Religion, and Popular Culture,                                                                       Ethnomusicology, UCLA

2017                  "Jug Band, Old-Time, and Bluegrass Musics," for Sphere Project, Monk Institute, Los Angeles, CA       

2014-2018         Ethnomusicology 20 Series: Music Cultures of the World Europe and the Americas, UCLA 

                                           "New Orleans Second Line Culture"

                                           "Brass Band Culture of New Orleans" 

                                           "Music of New Orleans"

                                           "Duke Ellington's Queenie Pie: A Folk Opera" 

2012                  "A Brass Band Turns Silver!," lecture-demo for American Pop and  Its Silver Lining, Fowler Museum, UCLA 

2012                  "The Jug: An Offbeat Oddity," lecture-demo for Music for Our  Mothers: A Bluegrass Tribute, Fowler Museum, Los Angeles
Other Instructor Experience 

2015-2016        Improvisation Workshop, Instructor, Pluralistic School I, Santa Monica, CA.

2014-2016        Low-brass instructor, Santa Monica Youth Orchestra, Santa Monica, CA. 

2014                 Substitute Instructor, Department of Ethnomusicology, UCLA Jazz in American Culture

2004-2007        Music Teacher, Music for Learning, Music for Minors, Redwood City, CA 

2003-2008        Music Teacher, Hoover School, Redwood City, CA 

2002-2004        Music Teacher, Jewish Day School of Foster City, Foster City, CA 

2001-2004        Music Teacher, Brewer Island Elementary School, Foster City, CA 

2006-2008        Music Teacher, James Logan High School, Union City, CA

2005-2008        Music Teacher and Co-Founder, Toones, After-school Music Enrichment, Redwood City, CA


                        Musical Cultures of the World

                        New Orleans Brass Bands: A Continuing Tradition

                        Jazz in American Culture I + II                                                                                 



2018                Low brass clinician/performer, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

2016                Low brass clinician/performer, California State University, Stanislaus, CA 

2015                "Wind-bass: The Role of the Bass and Creating Bass-lines on the Tuba,"    UCLA tuba studio


Selected Performances
2018                Kanye West, Sunday Service at the Mountain (sousaphone)

2018                Glen David Andrews, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans    (sousaphone)

2018                Free Spirit Brass Band, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans    (sousaphone)

2017-2018       Evanescence, Synthesis Live (bass trombone)     2017    Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party (sousaphone) 

2016                Delton 3030, "alternative hip-hop super-group" (trombone)  
2015                Birth of The Cool, featuring Bobby Shew Nonet (tuba)   
2014                Mötley Crüe, second-line band for press conference and Jimmy Kimmel LIVE (sousaphone)  
2013-present   Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimited, co-directors: Kenny    Burrell, Charley Harrison, and Dr. Bobby Rodriguez (bass trombone)
2013                Tuba soloist Concerto for Bass Tuba, composed Ralph Vaughan Williams, UCLA Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dean Anderson,   

                                                 musical director, Neal Stulberg (tuba)
2013                Deltron 3030, "alternative hip-hop super-group" (trombone)
2013                All-Star Brass, under the musical direction of Jens Lindemann (bass trombone)
2013                MONK'estra, under the musical direction of John Beasley (bass trombone)
2013                Eco Ensemble, Ikons, comp. George Lewis, cond. David Milnes (trombone)
2013                Trombone soloist with Eco Ensemble Concerto for Bass Trombone: Plum Blossom Warm Gentle Wind Shimmering Stillness, composed by  

                                                Jason Levis, conducted by David Milnes (bass trombone soloist)
2012-present   Mudbug Brass Band, traditional New Orleans brass band (sousaphone)   
2011-present   Herb Alpert School of Music Chamber Ensemble, under the musical direction of Paul Chihara (tenor and bass trombones/tuba)   
2011                Kenny Burrell's 80th Birthday Celebration, featuring: B.B. King, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lalo Schifrin and Stevie Wonder. World premiere of a

                        new orchestral work "Suite for Peace," composed by Burrell (bass trombone)

Selected Discography
2020                Big Sean, "Still I Rise," Detroit 2, studio recording, produced by DJ Khalil, Def Jam Recordings and GOOD Music (tuba and sousaphone)
2019                John Legend, A Legendary Christmas: Super Deluxe Edition, studio recording, produced by Raphael Saadiq, Grammy-nominated (bass trombone)

2019                NOFX, The Decline (tenor and bass trombones, tuba)

2018                Kamasi Washington, Heaven & Earth (tuba)   

2017                Forthcoming album release (yet unnamed), Kamasi Washington (tuba)
2017                Forthcoming album release (yet unnamed), Christina Aguilera (sousaphone)
2017                21st Century Ghost studio recording, Urban Renewal Project, “L.A.-based soul, jazz, & hip-hop big band,” featured soloist (sousaphone)
2015                Melody Road studio recording, Neil Diamond, Capitol Records, producers Don Was and Jacknife Lee (tenor and bass trombones)
2015                Empire studio recording, soundtrack for television series (sousaphone)  
2013                All-Star Brass LIVE 2013 live recording, All-Star Brass, musical director Jens Lindemann (bass trombone) 
2013                Gumiho, animated film by Diana Huh, composed by Jamie Thierman (trombone/tuba) 
2013                Plum Blossom /Warm Gentle Wind /Shimmering Stillness live recording, composed by Jason Levis (bass trombone) 
2013                The King and the Fortune Teller, animated film by Bennett Kim, musis composed by Jamie Thierman (trombone/tuba) 
2013                Zeisl: Little Symphony after Pictures of Roswitha Bitterlich, November & Concerto Grosso for Cello and Orchestra studio recording, UCLA

                                                Philharmonia, conducted by Neal Stulberg. Naxos Music (tuba)  
2012                Identity: Zhongshan Zhuang, Concerto for Guzheng and Orchestra studio recording, United Musicians Symphony of Los Angeles, guzheng    

                                                soloist Chang Su, conducted by Case Scaglione (bass trombone/bass trombone soloist) 
2012                Secrets of Secrets studio recording, Aaron Novik, released on John Zorn's Tzadik records (trombone/tuba)  

Film/Television/YouTube Recordings
2020                On-screen performer, B-sides of Hip Hop #4 - Los Angeles' daKAH Symphonic Orchestra, Directed by Yoann Le Gruiec &

                                                Benoit Pergent Produced by Why So Serious Productions (tuba)

2017                Performer for live video-taping, Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party (sousaphone)  
2017                Recording for live video-taping, “It Ain’t Me,” YouTube music video, Postmodern Jukebox (sousaphone), 549,103 thousand views
2017                Appears as himself. Nowhere, U.S.A. Documentary.
2014                Appears on soundtrack. At the Devil’s Door. (musician: tuba and trombone)
2013                Recording for live video-taping, Live from YouTube LA, YouTube music videos, Aloe Blacc. Over 2 million viewings (sousaphone)
2013                Appears on soundtrack. The Spectacular Now. (musician: tuba and trombone)
Performed Compositions/Orchestrations/Arrangements
2021                Queenie Pie Suite, commissioned by the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, comp. Duke Ellington, arranged and orchestrated by Marc T.                                                               Gaspard Bolin 

2016                “Oh, Danny Boy” for brass quintet, California State University, Stanislaus, music department
2016                “Nature Boy,” for brass quintet, CSU, Stanislaus, music department
2016                “‘Rhapsody in Blue’ for solo tuba and piano,” CSU, Stanislaus, music department
2014                Brass band arrangements, commissioned by Mötley Crüe and performed by a second line brass band for press conference and

                        Jimmy Kimmel LIVE
2014                Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, fully staged "wrestling opera," Oakland commissioned by Opera Theater, comp. Kurt Weill, arranged

                        and orchestrated by Marc T. Gaspard Bolin
2013                "'Caprice On Ice' for brass trio," Tune-In Festival
2013                Queenie Pie, fully staged opera, Chicago Opera Theater, realization of Duke Ellington’s unfinished opera                                     
2013                Queenie Pie, fully staged opera, Long Beach Opera,  realization of Duke Ellington’s unfinished opera 
2012                "Schizophrenia Rules?," commissioned work by the Los Angeles Trombone Collective
2012                "Caprice on Ice: for Unaccompanied Bass Trombone," UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
2011                Elsa's Procession to Cathedral, performed by the CSU, Bakersfied Wind Ensemble, Bakersfield, CA, comp. Richard Wagner, arranged by

                                               Marc T. Gaspard Bolin
2010                Elsa's Procession to Cathedral by Richard Wagner, performed by the UCLA Wind Ensemble, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, composed by Richard

                        Wagner, arr. Marc T. Bolin
2009                Carmen Fantasy, performed by the UCLA Trombone Choir and the Jazz Trombone Ensemble directed and conducted Bill Booth, UCLA,     

                        Los Angeles, CA, composed by Georges Bizet, arr. Marc T. Gaspard Bolin
2008                Queenie Pie, fully staged opera, Oakland Opera Theater, realization of Duke Ellington’s unfinished opera 
2013                The Banff Centre, Banff International Brass Festival "Crossover" All-Stars.
2010                The Banff Centre, Brass Ensemble Residency
2006-2007       The Banff Centre, Brass Ensemble Residency
Guest Clinician
2018                Low brass clinician, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL   
2016                Low brass clinician/performer, California State University, Stanislaus, CA
2015                "Wind-bass: The Role of the Bass and Creating Bass-lines on the Tuba," UCLA, Los Angeles

Conducting Experience
2009                Queenie Pie, non-staged, Duke Ellington's 110th Birthday Anniversary Festival Concert Oratorio, comp. Duke Ellington, realized and arranged

                        by Marc T. Bolin, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
2009                "Carmen Fantasy," UCLA Trombone Ensemble, directed by James Miller, composed by Georges Bizet, arr. Marc T. Bolin, UCLA, Los  

                                                   Angeles, CA
2008                "On A Turquoise Cloud," UCLA Brass Ensemble, directors Jens Lindemann and Patrick Sheridan, comp. Duke Ellington and Lawrence  

                        Brown, arr. Marc T. Bolin, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
2008                "Here's That Rainy Day," UCLA Trombone Ensemble, comp. Jimmy Van Heusen, arranged by Marc T. Gaspard Bolin, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
2008                Queenie Pie, fully staged opera rehearsals, Oakland Opera Theater, realization of Duke Ellington’s unfinished opera  



2019                Cinematographer, music video, "Lessons I've Learned" Cristina Perez, New    Orleans, Louisiana.

2017                Featured in and appears as himself in the documentary, Nowhere, U.S.A.   

2013                Music Copyist for the Clare Fischer Estate.
2012-2014       Reference Librarian Assistant, Music Library, UCLA
2012-13           Library Exhibit. Doan, Joy, and Marc T. Bolin. Tapscott on Tapscott: His Music & the Los Angeles Community [Exhibit]. Schoenberg Music
                        Library, University of California, Los Angeles. Items in the exhibit are representative of the collections of  the Music Library, Library Special
                        Collections–Performing Arts, Oral History Research Center, and Digital Collections.
2008-2012       Artistic Consultant for Strange Fellowe: a Jazz Opera. Comp. Nick DePinna and Hitomi Oba
Radio Appearances

2012                Schizophrenia Rules? performed by the Los Angeles Trombone Collective live broadcast, comp. Marc T. Bolin
2007                "Appearing Nightly at The Black Orchid," featured on NPR's JazzSet, host Dee Dee Bridgewater
1994-1997       On-air host, WNOP Jazz Radio, Cincinnati, OH

Press and Interviews

2013                 Interview With Marc Bolin. Denis Wick NEWS. Industry paper. 
2014                "Duke Ellington's Lost Opera, Forever A Work In Progress," NPR's All Things Considered, host Robert Siegel, segment written

                                                 by Priska Neely.
2013                The Jazz Bass Trombone, interview by David Brubeck.
2008                Oakland Opera Theater gives voice to Duke Ellington's 'Queenie Pie'. The Contra Costa Times. Newspaper. Jim Harrington.
2008                “‘Queenie Pie’ at Oakland Opera Theater.” The Opera Tattler. Blog. Charlise Tiee.
2008                “The Duke's Exotic Consort.” The San Francisco Classical Voice. Blog. Kwami Coleman.
2008                ‘Queenie Pie,’ Ellington’s Only Opera, Performed with Shelby Jazz Orchestra. Berkeley Daily Planet. Newspaper. Jaime Robles.


2015-2016       President; Ethnomusicology Graduate Student Organization, UCLA

1993-1996       Ohio Army National Guard
1989-1993       United States Marine Corps

American Federation of Musicians
Andreas Eastman Performing Artist
Denis Wick Performing Artist
Gard Bags Performing Artist (anticipated)
International Society for the Study of Popular Music
International Trombone Association
International Tuba Euphonium Association
Society of American Music
Society for Ethnomusicology






performer/scholar | Marc T. Gaspard Bolin 

MARC T. GASPARD BOLIN                                                        

I have enjoyed a long performing and recording career, performing with such artists as Kamasi Washington, Kanye West, B.B. King, Christina Aguilera, Neil Diamond, Mötley Crüe, Kenny Burrell, Sheila E, the Black Eyed Peas, and Aloe Blacc, performed in two of Philip Glass' operas, and even played on the Mississippi riverboats. In 2006, I participated in a state tour of China and performed at the Red Sea Jazz Festival with the Ambassadors of New Orleans' Jazz. In 2007, I received a commission to realize Duke Ellington's incomplete opera Queenie Pie for the Oakland Opera Theater. 

In addition to playing and writing music, I am 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. My work as an arts-educator has included appointments throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as teaching through UCLA's Music Outreach Program. I co-founded Toones, an after-school music enrichment program based in the San Francisco Bay area. As a  Performing  Artist for Denis Wick, Eastman, and Horn-FX, I am committed to educating young musicians, providing private lessons and master classes on tuba/sousaphone and trombone. 

I earned his Bachelor of Arts from UCLA at 41 years of age, where I studied tuba with Patrick Sheridan, Fritz Kaenzig, and Aubrey Foard; trombone with James Miller; composition with James Newton; and conducting with Dr. Tom Lee. I also received and M.M. in Music Performance at the same institution.  I now hold a PhD in Ethnomusicology from UCLA. As an ethnomusicologist, my work is grounded in his own jazz practice and is deeply informed by his collaborators. The focus of my dissertation is the dynamic relationships between music, religion, and tourism and how jazz culture—and its practitioners—are represented in the canon. I employ theoretical and methodological approaches that demonstrate my commitment to increasing and supporting diversity in jazz scholarship. I am also interested in New Orleans brass band music and other 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. 

You can see me playing "windbass," replacing the electric or upright bass, in many bands in the Los Angeles area. 


2021               Ph.D., Ethnomusicology, University of California, Los Angeles (anticipated)  

2018               M.A., Ethnomusicology, University of California, Los Angeles  
2014               M.M., Music Performance, University of California, Los Angeles
2012               B.M., Trombone and Tuba Performance, University of California,
​                       Los Angeles

2017-2018       Graduate Research Mentorship Grant, Graduate Division, UCLA
2015                Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Grant, Graduate Division, UCLA
2013                Name engraved on the SFJAZZ Center's Franklin Street wall, recognizing                                               contributions of select San Francisco jazz musicians.
2013                Claudia Mitchell-Kernan Award for Contributions to Scholarship and                                                        Education in the Field of Jazz, Friends of Jazz, Los Angeles, CA
2012-2016       Graduate Division Award, Music Department, UCLA
2008-2015       Gluck Fellowship for Music Outreach, Music Department, UCLA


2017                "Angeleno Brass Bands and New Orleans Identity: Representations of

                        New Orleans in Los Angeles," Annual Meeting of the Society of

                        Ethnomusicology, Southern California and Hawaii Chapter. Irvine,

                        CA. February 18-19.
2009                "Realizing the Duke," Echoes of Ellington Conference. University of   

                        Texas, Austin, TX. April 16-19.


Instructor Experience​
2021                Adjunct Instructor, Longy School of Music of Bard College, Los Angeles, CA
                                       5-week Social Justice Music Research Project / Ethnomusicology                                             Module Master of Music in Music Education Program

2019                Professor of Record, Department of Ethnomusicology, UCLA
                                       Jazz in American Culture I
2018                Professor of Record, Department of Ethnomusicology, UCLA
                                       Jazz in American Culture I
2017                Professor of Record, Department of Ethnomusicology, UCLA     

                                       Jazz in American Culture I                                                                                                        Jazz in American Culture II
2017                Principal Lecturer, Department of Ethnomusicology, UCLA                                                                     Ellingtonia

TA Experience

2020              Teaching Fellow, Music Department, UCLA                                                                                             Teaching Assistant Consultant/Training

2019              Teaching Fellow, Music Department, UCLA                                                                                             Jazz in American Culture I

                                    African American Musical Tradition I

2017              Teaching Fellow, Music Department, UCLA                                                                                             Music of Latin America: Mexico, Central America, and Caribbean Isles

2016              Teaching Associate, Music Department, UCLA                                                                                         African American Musical Tradition I   

                                    African American Musical Tradition II   

                                    Jazz in American Culture I

2015              Teaching Assistant, Music Department, UCLA       

                                    African American Musical Tradition I   

                                    African American Musical Tradition II   

                                    Jazz in American Culture II 

2014               Teaching Assistant, Music Department, UCLA       

                                    Jazz in American Culture I

                                    Jazz in American Culture II Wind Ensemble

2013               Teaching Assistant, Music Department, UCLA       

                                    Jazz in American Culture I   

                                    Jazz in American Culture II

  • "Been So Long" (trombone)0:31
  • "Love Is the Answer" (sousaphone)0:00
  • "Yoseph" (tuba)1:53
  • "Galitznyer Tantz" (tuba)0:00
  • "Keep the Faith, Have Some Fun" (sousaphone)0:00
  • "Wake Me Up," (Bolin, tuba)0:00
  • "Are You with Me?" (sousaphone)0:00
  • "My People" (sousaphone)0:00
  • "The Crave," feat. Bolin (tuba) 1:21
  • "Stampede Of Slaves" (bass trombone)1:29
  • "Black Suffrage Blues" (bass trombone)1:02
  • "La Ambicion" (all trombones)0:00
  • "La Maya" (bass trombone)0:00
  • "Ella" (bass trombone)0:00
  • Tuba Concerto, Marc Bolin (tuba)0:00
  • "New Orleans," Eugene Bozza (bass trombone)0:00
  • "Rotations" (bass trombone)0:00
  • "Free Improvisation 1" (trombone)1:51
  • "Kids are Pretty "People," feat. Bolin (trombone)2:12
  • "Bolin for Dollars," feat. Marc Bolin (bass trombone)6:32
  • "Paint It Black," arr. Dan Cantrell (tubas)0:00
  • "It Ain't Me," Selena Gomez, cover (sousaphone)1:06
  • "Speak and Spell Dub," feat. Bolin (tuba)0:00
  • "Schizophrenia Rules," comp. Bolin8:45
  • "Caprice On Ice," composition based on "Free Improvisation 1" (bass trombone)0:00
  • "Conversation" (bass trombone)0:00
  • "Hosannah," Franz Liszt (bass trombone)0:00
  • "Whoop Ass!"10:00
  • "She Is Inside Remembering" for Bass Trombone0:00
  • "Carmen Fantasy," (arr. Bolin, bass trombone)0:00
  • "Have a Good Time" (trombone)0:00
  • "Nature Boy," arr. Bolin0:00
  • "St. Thomas," arr. Bolin0:00
  • "Sextet" (tuba)0:00
  • "Serte Infiel" (tuba)0:00
  • Free Improvisation 2, feat. Bolin(trombone)1:49
  • "Have a Good Time" (trombone)0:00
  • "Carmen Fantasie," (arr. Bolin)10:46
  • "Quetzcoat's Head" (tuba)0:00
  • "On a Turquoise Cloud," from Queenie Pie (performing trombone solo)3:11
  • "NY, NY and Second Line," from Queenie Pie 4:15
  • "On the Beach and Boidoir," from Queenie Pie 1:40
  • "Overture," from Queenie Pie 4:03
  • "Trio: Smile As You Go By," from Queenie Pie 1:49
  • "HEVL and Shipwreck," from Queenie Pie 0:58
  • "Creole Love Call," from Queenie Pie 3:29
  • "Cafe Olay," from Queenie Pie 2:13
  • "Hopscotch" (trombone)3:58
  • "Mazeltov," (tuba)0:00
  • Realistic0:17
  • Marc (trombone)0:50
  • "Mothership Connection," feat. Bolin (trombone)1:03
  • Jam Session, feat. Bolin (trombone)0:56
  • Marc w/ 7TSly 1 (arr. Bolin, trombone)1:32
  • Marc w/ 7TSly 1 (arr. Bolin, trombone)0:18
  • Marc w/ 7TSly 1 (arr. Bolin, trombone)0:28
  • Marc w/ 7TSly 1 (arr. Bolin, trombone)0:36
  • "K.C.Railroad Blues," (Bolin performing on the jug)1:00
  • "Jubilee Stomp"0:00
  • TitleUnknown30:00
  • Dream Shadows1:47
  • "Down Home Rag" (jug)1:11
  • "Dig'm Caprice," comp. Paganini/arr. Bolin0:00
  • "L'il Darlin'"0:00
  • Courtney D Jones Recital Rehearsal Second Line0:00
  • "Hymn, Scripture, and Holy Ghost," comp. Marsalis/arr. Courtney D. Jones/feat. Bolin (trombone)0:00
  • Courtneyxsib7audio0:00
  • Birth0:00
  • Bringin' Vivaldi Back8:46
  • "Aquarius," comp. JJ Johnson0:00
  • Anna Gomez 2:02
  • "Amarilli Mia Bella"0:00
  • Fire Within0:00
  • "Steppin' Across the Bounderies"0:00
  • "It Ain't Me," Selena Gomez, cover (sousaphone)1:06