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.

Curriculum Vitae | November 2017 |
Schoenberg Music Building, Room 2520
Los Angeles, CA 90095

2020                Ph.D., Ethnomusicology, University of California, Los Angeles

2017                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
2017                Gluck Fellowship for Music Performance Outreach, Music                 

                        Department, UCLA
2015                Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Grant, Graduate Division,       

2013                Name engraved on the SFJAZZ Center's Franklin Street wall,       

                        recognizing contributions of San Francisco, CA, jazz musicians.
2013                Claudia Mitchell-Kernan Award for Contributions to Scholarship and 

                        Education in the Field of Jazz, Friends of Jazz, Los Angeles,
                     ​   CA
2014-2016       Graduate Division Award, Department of Ethnomusicology, UCLA
2012-2014       Graduate Division Award, Music Department, UCLA
2012                Bernice Hutchinson Scholarship, Music Department, UCLA
2012                Julia Lotze Prize, Music Department, UCLA
2012                Jon Robertson Scholarship, Music Department, UCLA
2012                Aurie Langford Grant, Music Department, UCLA
2008-2015       Gluck Fellowship for Music Outreach, Music Department, UCLA
2008-2012       Music Education Outreach Fellowship, 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.


2017                "Jug Band, Old-Time, and Bluegrass Musics," lecture for the Sphere

                        Project, Monk Institute, UCLA
​2017                "New Orleans Second Line Culture," lecture for Musical Cultures of                                 World: Europe and Americas, UCLA

2017                "The Music of New Orleans," lecture for Musical Cultures of World:                                 Europe and Americas, UCLA
2012                "A Brass Band Turns Silver!," lecture-demo for lecture series                                              American Pop and Its Silver Lining, Fowler Museum, UCLA

2012                "The Jug: An Offbeat Oddity," lecture-demo for lecture series Music for our Mothers: A Bluegrass Tribute, Fowler Museum, UCLA

Selected Performances
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)
2010-present   Los Angeles Samba Society (trombone/tuba)   
2009                Willow, Willow, comp. Paul Chihara, cond. Ian Krause (tuba)
2007                Cell Block 7, State Tour of China, traditional New Orleans brass band (trombone)   
2006                Ambassadors of New Orleans Jazz, Red Sea Jazz Festival, Eilat, Israel (trombone)
2005                Carla Bley Big Band, Monterey Jazz Festival, Appearing Nightly at The Black Orchid, comp. by Carla Bley. (bass trombone)
2004-2008       Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra (bass trombone)
2003-present   Oakland Opera Orchestra (tenor and bass trombones/tuba)
2003-2006       Redwood Symphony. Bass trombone (2003-2005). Tuba (2005-2006)
2001-2007       United Brassworkers Front, founding member (bass trombone/euphonium/tuba)
2002-2004       San Francisco Concerto Orchestra (tenor and bass trombones)
2002                Substitute with Santa Rosa Symphony (bass trombones)
2000-present   Paradigm Brass Ensemble, founding member/music director/composer/arranger.
2000-present   HeftPistole Modern Music Ensemble (trombone and tuba)   
1998-2000       Guy Lombardo Orchestra (trombone)
1999                Ink Spots, national tour. (trombone)
1993-1999       Northern Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. Regular sub for both (tenor and bass trombones)
1990                Virginia Beach Pops Orchestra, substitute (bass trombone)
1989-1993       U.S. Marine Corps Band (trombone)

Selected Discography
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)  
2010                Toppers Animated short. Animated and directed by Alexis Block,  music by Chris Heckman (bass trombone)
2010                Private Release studio recording, Brass Fire, under the musical direction of Jens Lindemann (bass trombone)   
2009                Symphonies from Down the Block studio recording, Realistic Orchestra (bass trombone) 
2008                Harriet Tubman studio recording, Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra (bass trombone)    
2008                Drunken Songs For Sober Times studio recording, John Schott's Dream Kitchen (trombone/tuba/tenor-horn)
2008                The Samuel Suite/Dancing Into One studio recording, Aaron Novik (tuba)  
2008                Dream Shadows studio recording, Eric & Suzy Thompson (jug and tuba)   
2007                Jazz Baby! studio recording, Doug Beavers Rovira Jazz Orchestra (bass trombone/tuba)   
2007                The Shotgun Wedding Quintet studio recording, The Shotgun Wedding Quintet (tuba)   
2006                Port Chicago studio recording, Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra (bass trombone)  
2006                Recording, Jazz Baby!, Doug Beavers Rovira Studio Jazz Orchestra (bass trombone/tuba)             
2006                In-Between Stories studio recording, United Brassworker's Front (bass trombone/tuba)   
2005                Mitch Marcus Qunitet +13 studio recording, Mitch Marcus Qunitet +13 (bass trombone and tuba)   
2004                United Brassworker's Front studio recording, United Brassworker's Front (bass trombone and tuba)  
2003                Live From Bruno's live recording Realistic Orchestra (bass trombone)     
2003                An Endless Chain of Accidents studio recording, Larry Gallagher (tuba)  
2002                Bless You studio recording, Court And Spark (trombone)   
2001                Back to the Jungle studio recording, Raw Deluxe (bass trombone)   
2000                Concert and Dance studio recording, Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians with Al Pierson (trombone)   
1999                Take It Off and Get Loose With It studio recording, Mr. Keith Little (bass trombone)   

Film/Television/YouTube Recordings
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)
2008-2010       The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack (2008-2010) Animated TV series created for The Cartoon Network, directed by John McIntyre,  

                         music by Dan Cantrell (trombone/tuba)  

Performed Compositions/Orchestrations/Arrangements
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. 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. 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. 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. Bolin, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
2008                Queenie Pie, fully staged opera rehearsals, Oakland Opera Theater, realization of Duke Ellington’s unfinished opera  
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.


Professor Experience
2017                Professor of Record, Department of Ethnomusicology, UCLA                                                                  
                        Jazz in American Culture I
2017                Principal Lecturer, Department of Ethnomusicology, UCLA                                                                  
​                        Ellingtonia

TA Experience
2017                Teaching Associate, 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 

Instructor Experience
2017                Instructor of Record, Department of Ethnomusicology, UCLA                                                                  
                        Jazz in American Culture I                                                                                                                
​                        Jazz in American Culture II
2017                Teaching Associate, Department of Ethnomusicology, UCLA
​                        Ellingtonia
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 [non-profit organization], Redwood City, CA

2017                Jazz in American Culture I                                                                                  
2017                Jazz in American Culture II                                                                                             
2017                Ellingtonia


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


2015-2016       President; Ethnomusicology Graduate Student Organization, UCLA

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






Marc T. Bolin 

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  • Queenie Pie NY NY and Second Line Highlights4:15
  • Queenie Pie On the Beach and Boidoir Highlights1:40
  • Queenie Pie Overture Highlights4:03
  • Queenie Pie Trio Smile As You Go By Hightlights1:49
  • Queenie Pie HEVL Shipwreck Highlight0:58
  • Queenie Pie Creole Love Call Highlights3:29
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