Marc C. Smith - jazz drummer
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GIGS!
CHICAGO!
Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley
Ah, community theatre at its best.
Suspects of Soul
Fri. April 5 :: 6:30 pm

Impulse Room, Walnut Creek
We return to this beautiful venue for dinner and drinks.
Tom Finch Group
Fri. Apr. 12 :: 10 pm

Peri's, Fairfax
Good old Fairfax, CA. It's been grand.
North Bay All Stars
Sun. Apr. 14 :: 4-7 pm

19 Broadway, Fairfax
It's time for changes.
Suspects of Soul
Sat. April 20 :: 6:30 pm

Sticky Rice Bistro, Green Valley
NO DANCING! ~~ unless you want to...
Tom Finch Group
Sun. Apr. 21 :: 1 pm

Brewsters Beer Garden
Easter lunch on the patio.
Suspects of Soul
Wed. May 22 :: 6:30 pm

Empress Theatre Lounge, Vallejo
Beautiful lounge scene, excellent mixed drinks.
North Bay All Stars
Fri. May. 24 :: 9 pm

Fern Bar, Sabastopol
It's time for changes.
Lost At Home Parade Drum Line
Fairfax Festival Parade!
10 AM, June 8 :: WE MARCH!
The 42nd Annual Fairfax Festival
Sun. Jun. 9 :: 5 pm

TFG Returns to the EcoFest stage to close out the festival.
One last sing along.
Who, What, Where (the short story)
Dr. Morris Lawrence, Afro-musicologist and music director at WCC, not only gave me my first college level teaching gig in ’82, he allowed me to play behind his big band that at times would reach 30+ musicians. For three great years, he helped me when he didn't have to at just the right time for me.
Ann Arbor gave me access to a good public school system, and university students dedicated to teaching properly the theory and methods they had not too long ago learned themselves.
Pioneer High marching band and Community High Jazz Ensembles convinced me I'd found my gold.
Berklee College of Music, Boston
We hung out for two years listening to Colaiuta, Weckl, Gadd and studying with Skip Hadden, Tommy Cambell, Ed Uribe, Gary Chaffee and more. This was a time when we'd gather at Jonathan Swift's to cheer Tony Williams like our school pride was at stake. It was, and none was lost on our watch.
Nineteen hundred eighty, Denton, TX.
My college training began at NTSU under Robert Schietroma, Ron Fink and their graduate student teachers. NTSU is a school known as a big band recruiting ground for the likes of Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson.