Marc Timothy Bolin
Marc has performed with some of the world's finest artists and organizations such as B.B. King, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lalo Schifrin, Herman Olivera, Pete Escovedo, Sheila E, Black Eyed Peas, Deltron 3030, Aloe Black, and Stevie Wonder. He recently participated in a State Tour of China playing traditional Jazz, performed with the Ambassadors of New Orleans' Jazz at the Red Sea Jazz Festival in Israel, has performed in two of Philip Glass' Operas Akhenaton and La Belle et la Bete, and has even played on the Mississippi Riverboats. 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 Oakland and UT Austin's productions, both Long Beach Opera and Chicago Opera Theater will perform Queenie Pie in 2014.
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.
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. Before becoming a professional musician and educator, Marc served in the U.S. Marine Corps and fought in Operation Desert Storm for the liberation of Kuwait in Operation Desert Storm. 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 is currently a PhD Student in Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Los Angeles studying American roots and African-American folk music; jazz; jazz opera; jazz poetry; the brass band tradition; marching-performing street bands in the United States; West Coast Hip-Hop orchestras; and LA studio culture. You can see him playing "windbass," replacing the electric or upright bass, in many bands in the Los Angeles area.
Professional Performance Experience
Empire. Soundtrack for television series. Sousaphone (Jan. 7, 2015)
Birth Of The Cool, with the Bobby Shew Nonet. Tuba (May 27, 2015)
Mötley Crüe, Second-Line Band for press conference and Jimmy Kimmel LIVE.
Arrangements/sousaphone (Jan. 2014)
Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimited (2013-present),
co-directors: Kenny Burrell, Charley Harrison, and Dr. Bobby Rodriguez. Bass Trombone (Dec. 2013-present)
Ralph Vaughan Williams, Concerto for Bass Tuba (Dec. 2013)
UCLA Symphony Orchestra, Musical Director, Neal Stulberg. Cond. Dean Anderson.
Kenny Burrell's 80th Birthday Celebration (November 2011)
Featuring: B.B. King, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lalo Schifrin and Stevie Wonder Performed with the UCLA Philharmonia Orchestra in the world premiere of a new orchestral work "Suite for Peace,"composed by Burrell, William Banfield, John Clayton, Nick DePinna, Charley Harrison, Llew Matthews and Patrick Williams.
Delton 3030, an alternative hip-hop super group. Tenor Trombone (Sept. - Nov. 2013)
All-Star Brass, Musical Director, Jens Lindemann. Bass Trombone (July 21-Aug 4, 2013)
The King and the Fortune Teller. Animated Film by Bennett Kim. Comp. Jamie Thierman. Trombone and Tuba (July 2013) Winner of UCLA Festival of Animation 2013 Best Story Award.
Gumiho. Animated Film by Diana Huh. Comp. Jamie Thierman. Trombone and Tuba (July 2013)
MONK'estra, Musical Director, John Beasley. Bass Trombone (June 2013)
Eco Ensemble, conducted by David Milnes George Lewis, Ikons. Tenor Trombone (Feb. 2013)
Eco Ensemble, conducted by David Milnes. Bass Trombone Soloist (Dec 11, 2013)
Concerto for Bass Trombone: Plum Blossom Warm Gentle Wind Shimmering Stillness. comp. Jason Levis
* Eco Ensemble is formerly known as the Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players.
Mudbug Brass Band. Sousaphone (2012-present)
HASOM (Herb Alpert School of Music) Chamber Ensemble, mus. dir., Paul Chihara. (2011-present) Tenor and Bass Trombone, Tuba
United Musicians Symphony of Los Angeles, cond. Case Scaglione. Bass Trombone (2010)
Identity: Zhongshan Zhuang, Concerto for Guzheng and Orchestra.
Album Recording. Recorded at Eastwood Sound Stage, Warner Brothers Studios. Chang Su, Guzheng Soloist.
Los Angeles Samba Society. Trombone/Tuba (2010-present)
Toppers (2010) Animated short. Animated and directed by Alexis Block (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Kung-Fu Panda), music by Chris Heckman.
Willow, Willow. Comp. Paul Chihara. Cond. Ian Krause. Tuba (Dec. 2009)
The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack (2008-2010) Animated TV series created for The Cartoon Network. Directed by John McIntyre (The Powerpuff Girls and Dexter's Laboratory), writers include Kent Osborne (The Sponge Bob SquarePants Movie), Jackie Buscarino, John Infantino (Despicable Me), music by Dan Cantrell.
Cellblock 7. Trombone. (Oct. 2007) Played Traditional Jazz as part of a State Tour of China.
Doug Beavers Rovira Studio Jazz Orchestra. Bass Trombone Jazz Baby! Recorded at Skywalker Sound. Bass Trombone and Tuba (2006)
Ambassadors of New Orleans. Trombone (Aug. 2006) Red Sea Jazz Festival. Eilat, Israel
Carla Bley Big Band, conducted by Carla Bley. Bass Trombone (Sept. 2005) Performed the Grammy nominated, four-part suite, commissioned by the 2005 Monterey Jazz Festival Appearing Nightly at The Black Orchid was premiered. Ensemble and featured soloist. Featured on NPR's JazzSet, hosted by Dee Dee Bridgewater. (2007)
Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra. Bass Trombone (2004-present)
Featured on recordings as soloist:
Bound for the Promised Land (2007)
Port Chicago (2006)
Oakland Opera Orchestra. Tenor/Bass Trombone and Tuba (2003-present)
Redwood Symphony Bass Trombone (2003-2005) Tuba (present)
San Francisco Concerto Orchestra. Tenor/Bass Trombone (2002-2004)
Santa Rosa Symphony. Substitute Bass Trombone (2002)
United Brassworker’s Front. Bass Trombone, Tuba and Euphonium (2001-Present)
Founding Member. Featured on recordings and as soloist:
United Brassworker’s Front (2003)
UBF (two) (2007)
Paradigm Brass Ensemble. Bass Trombone/Tuba (2000-present)
Founding Member and Music Director/Composer/Arranger.
HeftPistole Modern Music Ensemble. Trombone/Tuba(2000-present)
The Guy Lombardo Orchestra. Featured Trombone/Baritone soloist on tour and on recording from 1999. (1998-2000) Ink Spots, national tour. Tenor Trombone (Oct.1, 1999 to Dec.10, 1999)
Northern Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. Regular sub for both Tenor and Bass-Trombones (1993-1999)
Virginia Beach Pops Orchestra. Substitute Bass-Trombone (1990)
U.S. Marine Corps Band. Trombone (1989 to 1993)
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 10 months. His work as an arts-educator has included appointments throughout the Bay Area. Marc was co-founder of Toones, After- school Music Enrichment program. His students have been accepted to the music programs of UCLA, USC Thornton, Cal State Fullerton, UC San Diego and San Jose State. In LA, Marc teaches at Fernando Pullum Performing Arts High School through UCLA's Music Education Outreach program.
University of California, Los Angeles Academic Apprentice Personnel Appointment (Teaching Assistantship):
UCLA Ethnomusicology Department, Jazz and American Culture, Professor Charley Harrison. University of California, Los AngelesAcademic Apprentice Personnel Appointment (Teaching Assistantship), UCLA Music Department, Symphonic Band, Professor Gordon Henderson. University of California, Los Angeles Music Education Outreach (2008-present)
James Logan High School Low-Brass Private Lessons Teacher (2006-2008)
Toones, After-school Music Enrichment Co-Founder (2005-2008)
Music for Learning; operated by Music for Minors (2004-2007)
Hawes Elementary School, Redwood City
Taft Elementary School, Redwood City
Hoover School, Redwood City (2003-2008)
Jewish Day School of Foster City
Foster City (2002-2004)
Brewer Island Elementary School
Foster City (2001-2004)
2013 The Jazz Bass Trombone. Featured interview by David Brubeck. “This thought-provoking edition includes a discussion of the bass trombone in the music of Duke Ellington and an interview with Ellington expert Marc T. Bolin.”
2012-13 Library Exhibit
Doan, J., Bolin, M.T.. (2013, September-present). 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.
2012 American Pop and Its Silver Lining. "A Brass Band Turns Silver!"
Lecture Performance. Fowler Museum.
2012 The Jug: An Offbeat Oddity. "Music for our Mothers: A Bluegrass Tribute"
Lecture Performance. Fowler Museum.
Queenie Pie (Apr. 2009) Non-Staged Concert Oratorio. Comp. Duke Ellington/Marc T. Bolin.
Duke Ellington's 110th Birthday Anniversary Festival.
On A Turquoise Cloud. UCLA Brass Ensemble. Dir. Jens Lindemann and Patrick Sheridan (Nov. 2008)
Comp. Duke Ellington and Lawrence Brown. Arr. Marc T. Bolin
Carmen Fantasy. UCLA Trombone Ensemble. Dir. James Miller (May 2009) Comp. Georges Bizet. Arr. Marc T. Bolin
Here's That Rainy Day. UCLA Trombone Ensemble. (Dec. 2008) Composed, Jimmy Van Heusen. Arr. Marc T. Bolin
Queenie Pie, Duke Ellington/Marc T. Bolin. (Fully Staged Opera) (March - May 2008) Oakland Opera. Conducted rehearsals in preparation for performance.
Compositions, Orchestration, and Arrangements
Realization/Orchestration and Arrangement of Duke Ellington’s Queenie Pie, the story of a Harlem beauty queen.
Long Beach Opera (Fully Staged Opera) (Jan 2013)
Realization/Orchestration and Arrangement of Duke Ellington’s Queenie Pie, the story of a Harlem beauty queen.
Chicago Opera Theater (Fully Staged Opera) (Feb 15 - Mar 5, 2013)
Schizophrenia Rules? Comp. Marc T. Bolin. (Aug. 2012)
Commissioned work by the Los Angeles Trombone Collective.
Caprice On Ice: for unaccompanied Bass Trombone. Comp. Marc T. Bolin. (May 2012)
Carmen Fantasy. UCLA Trombone Choir dir./cond. Bill Booth and the Jazz Bone Ens. (May 2009)
The Jazz Bones (Six Trombones & Rhythm section)
Oakland Opera Orchestra (Fully Staged Opera) (May 2008) Realization/Orchestration and Arrangement of Duke Ellington’s Queenie Pie, the story of a Harlem beauty queen. Paradigm Brass Ensemble. Bass Trombone/Tuba (2000-present) Founding Member and Music Director/Composer/Arranger.
Tubizarre – written many arrangements.
John Rentke, Organist Saint Francis of Assisi Choral and Organ arrangements of works by Sergei Prokoviev.
John Fenstermaker, Former Organist San Francisco Sym./Choir Of Grace Cathedral Organ and Brass arrangements of works by Richard Wagner and Anton Bruckner.
CSUB, California State University, Bakersfield, CA. Comp. Richard Wagner/Arr. Marc T. Bolin.
UCLA Wind Ensemble. Comp. Richard Wagner/Arr. Marc T. Bolin.
Marc has been employed to transcribe and arrange many works for San Francisco Bay Area salsa bands.
University of California, Los Angeles (2012) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Tuba and Trombone Performance.
University of California, Los Angeles (2012-present) Master of Music (M.M.) in Tuba Performance.
Major Teachers: Patrick Sheridan, Fritz Kaenzig, and Aubrey Foard, Tuba; James Miller, Trombone.
Additional Study: James Newton, Composition; Dr.Thomas Lee, Conducting.
Academic Writing/Research Papers Presented/Lecture Performances
Realizing the Duke. (April 2009) Presented at the "Echoes of Ellington Conference," University of Texas Butler School of Music.
Library Exhibit (Sept 2012-present)
Doan, J., Bolin, M.T.. (2013, September-present). 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.
American Pop and Its Silver Lining. "A Brass Band Turns Silver!" Lecture Performance. Fowler Museum. (18 November 2012) Program description: "Dance and sing as the Paradigm Brass Band shows off their best silver horns in this lively celebration. Band members will have you on your feet “second-lining” with their New Orleans styling of funk, blues, and classical music. Make your own wind instrument and play along!
Presented in conjunction with In Extremis: Death and Life in 21st-Century Haitian Art and Reflecting Culture: The Francis E. Fowler, Jr. Collection of Silver."
The Jug: An Offbeat Oddity. "Music for our Mothers: A Bluegrass Tribute" Lecture Performance. Fowler Museum. (13 May 2012) Program description: "Celebrate Mother’s Day with bluegrass and old-time music by the Pick 'n' Fiddle Trio in tribute to those we hold dear: our mothers. The band's beautiful melodies and foot-stomping beat will have everyone―young and old―singing and clapping along! BYO plastic milk jugs, wrenches, kitchenware, and washboards when you come for this Mother’s Day Family Jam! You’ll be able to star in our own impromptu band with the housewares you’ve brought. There will also be an art-making workshop where you can create a noisemaker to keep the rhythm and a music workshop where you will learn to play household instruments like the spoons!"
The Banff Cantre, Banff International Brass Festival "Crossover" All-Stars (2013)
Sited as trailblazers on the North American scene and beyond, five musicians (Mike Cottone, Josh Davies,Tristan Hurd, trumpets, Eric Miller, trombone, and Marc Bolin, tuba) were recruited for their flexibility and ease in playing "crossover" styles (classical, jazz, salsa, hip-hop) to work closely with the faculty at the Banff Centre (Jens Lindemann, Patrick Sheridan, Mark Gould, Martin Hackleman, and others) to implement unique and interesting modes of performance. Rehearsals, performances, off-stage gatherings, and brainstorming sessions are professionally recorded for later presentation of the active creation of a new kind of brass quintet. Full Scholarship.
The Banff Cantre, Brass Ensemble Residency (2010)
Residency awarded to Paradigm Brass. Full Scholarship.
The Banff Cantre, Brass Ensemble Residency (2006-2007) Residency awarded to Paradigm Brass.
All-Star Brass LIVE 2013. All-Star Brass, Musical Director, Jens Lindemann. Bass Trombone Recorded live at the Banff Centre, Canada.
(to be released 2014)
Plum Blossom /Warm Gentle Wind /Shimmering Stillness. comp, Jason Levis. Bass Trombone (2013)
Nomadic Pulse 2. Joseph's Bones. compositions, Jason Levis. Tuba (2013) an instrumental trombone reggae band.
Zeisl: Little Symphony after Pictures of Roswitha Bitterlich, November & Concerto Grosso for Cello and Orchestra. UCLA Philharmonia, cond. Neal Stulberg. Naxos Music. Tuba (2013)
Identity: Zhongshan Zhuang, Concerto for Guzheng and Orchestra. United Musicians Symphony of Los Angeles, cond. Case Scaglione. Bass Trombone (2012) Album Recording. Recorded at Eastwood Sound Stage, Warner Brothers Studios. Chang Su, Guzheng Soloist.
Secrets of Secrets, Aaron Novik, Released on John Zorn's Tzadik records. Tuba/Trombone (Feb. 2012)
Nomadic Pulse. Joseph's Bones. compositions, Jason Levis. Tuba (2011) an instrumental trombone reggae band.
Private Release. Brass Fire. Musical Director, Jens Lindemann. Bass Trombone (2010)
Capitol Records Studio 'A' in Los Angeles...also known as 'Frank's' room.
Symphonies from Down the Block. Realistic Orchestra. Bass Trombone (2009)
Harriet Tubman. Marcus. Shelby Jazz Orchestra. Bass Trombone (2008)
Drunken Songs For Sober Times. John Schott's Dream Kitchen. (2008)
Tuba, Trombone, and Tenor Horn
The Samuel Suite/Dancing Into One. Aaron Novik. Tuba (2008)
Dream Shadows. Eric & Suzy Thompson (2008) Jug and Tuba.
Before We Part. Solo (16). Tenor Trombone (2008)
Jazz Baby! Doug Beavers Rovira Jazz Orchestra. Bass Trombone and Tuba (2007)
Recorded and Mixed by Leslie Ann Jones at Skywalker Sound, a Lucasfilm Ltd. company, Marin County, CA
The Shotgun Wedding Quintet. The Shotgun Wedding Quintet. Tuba (2007)
Port Chicago. Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra. Bass Trombone (2006)
In-Between Stories. United Brassworker's Front. Bass Trombone and Tuba (2006)
Mitch Marcus Qunitet +13. Bass Trombone and Tuba (2005)
United Brassworker's Front. United Brassworker's Front. Bass Trombone and Tuba (2004)
Live From Bruno's. Realistic Orchestra. Bass Trombone (2003)
An Endless Chain of Accidents. Larry Gallagher. Tenor Trombone (2003)
Bless You. Court And Spark. Tenor Trombone (2002)
Back to the Jungle. Raw Deluxe, Tenor Trombone (2001)
Concert and Dance. Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians With Al Pierson. Tenor Trombone (2000)
Take It Off And Get Loose With It. Mr. Keith Little. Tenor Trombone (1999. Reissued 2008)
Awards, Scholarships, and Honors
Academic Apprentice Personnel Appointment (Teaching Assistantship, @ 25% one quarter, 50% one quarter), UCLA Ethnomusicology Department, Jazz and American Culture, Professor Charley Harrison. $8,826.00 (2013-14)
Academic Apprentice Personnel Appointment (Teaching Assistantship, @ 25%, two quarters), UCLA Music Department, Symphonic Band, Professor Gordon Henderson. $5,880.00 (2013-14)
Name appears inscribed within the "SFJAZZ" sign on the SFJAZZ Center's Franklin street glass wall, which celebrates musicians who have contributed to the San Francisco community, jazz history on the whole, and donors. (2012. Grand Opening Jan. 2013)
Marc is a Denis Wick Performing Artist. (2012-present)
Bernice Hutchinson Scholarship $20,000
Gluck Foundation Scholarship $20,000
Julia Lotze Prize $9,000
Jon Robertson Scholarship $2,700
Graduate Division Award $2,000.00
Aurie Langford $2,000.00
Claudia Mitchell-Kernan Award for Contributions to Scholarship and Education in the Field of Jazz $1,500
Other Work Experience
Music Copyist for the Clare Fischer Estate (2013-present)
Transcribing/Engraving original compositions by Clare Fischer.
Reference Librarian Assistant (2011-present)
Artistic Consultant for Strange Fellowe: a Jazz Opera.
Comp. Nick DePinna and Hitomi Oba (2008-2012)
WNOP Jazz Radio. Afternoon and Evening On-Air Host. (1994-1997)
At one time the nation's only commercial free jazz station WNOP-AM began its jazz-and-comedy format in 1961. Count Basie said “there was no jazz station in the country like WNOP-AM." Marc played current jazz recordings as well as traditional and historic recordings, established a collective and intimate environment of in-depth looks at great artists, live interviews, and performances from the WNOP studios, Marc's shows quickly became Cincinnati radio's signature jazz program.
U.S. Marine Corps United States Marine Band, Trombone (1989 to 1993)
Served as Military Police/Private Guard in Operation Desert Storm (Dec. 1990 - May 1991)
Press and Interviews
Oakland Opera Theater gives voice to Duke Ellington's 'Queenie Pie'.
The Contra Costa Times. Newspaper. Jim Harrington. (May 2008)
"Queenie Pie" at Oakland Opera Theater. The Opera Tattler. Blog. Charlise Tiee. (May 2008)
The Duke's Exotic Consort. The San Francisco Classical Voice. Blog. Kwami Coleman. (May 2008)
‘Queenie Pie,’ Ellington’s Only Opera, Performed with Shelby Jazz Orchestra.
Berkeley Daily Planet. Newspaper. Jaime Robles. (May 2008)
Interview With Marc Bolin. Denis Wick NEWS. Industry paper. (August 2013)