Chris Marro

chris3Chris Marro is the co-­founder and co­-owner of Midcoast School of Music. He is currently the Director of Percussion for the Westbrook and Cape Elizabeth school departments in addition he maintains a sizeable roster of private students. He plays in and manages a much in demand nine piece band (Retrospecticus) as well as working with other artists and bands as a sought after drummer and sideman. Chris holds a B.A. from the University of Southern Maine and has been a music educator for over fifteen years.

Chris has worked with thousands of students, becoming one of the most in demand private drum set instructors in Maine. Chris’s teaching philosophy centers on connecting with students in a way that makes music fun and enjoyable. At the same time strong emphasis is placed on the importance of fundamentals for all students whether they aspire to play professionally or for personal enjoyment and recreation. Students become proficient in music literacy, rudimental drumming, musical form, improvisation as well as multi stylistic approaches including rock, jazz, Latin, funk, hip hop, R&B, popular music and more.

He grew up in South Portland, Maine and began playing drums at the age of 9. Chris started out playing along with rock and jazz albums for hour’s every day and it wasn’t long before he knew he wanted to make his living as a drummer. While at South Portland High School Chris was a founding member of the Southern Maine Youth Percussion Ensemble and later worked in the group as a drumline technician. In 1999 this group won the WGI world finals held in Dayton, Ohio. In the same year Chris began his private teaching career in the greater Portland area at The Drum Shop and soon after began teaching at the Tony Buffa School of Contemporary In addition to teaching privately Chris also pursued his passion for marching percussion by writing and teaching for the highly acclaimed Westbrook High School marching band (1999-­2002). Under his direction the percussion section consistently scored in the top three in local and national competitions. In 1999 the percussion section took first place at the Citrus Bowl marching band competition in Orlando, Florida.

Chris has worked as a percussion adjudicator for the Maine Band Directors Association and worked with a number of drum lines in the state as a Marching Percussion Consultant. Currently, Chris works in the Cape Elizabeth and Westbrook School Districts as Director of Percussion. Chris has been influential in the development of the percussion curriculum for grades 5­12 in Westbrook and the high school curriculum for Cape Elizabeth. His private instruction philosophy of connecting with students through a shared enthusiasm for music and stressing sound fundamentals has yielded tremendous success in public school classes.

Chris is extremely proud of his most recent venture: The Midcoast School of Music. Along with business partner Matt Fogg the two opened their first location in Bath, Maine in September 2008. In July 2009 they opened a second location on Forest Avenue in Portland, Maine. The Midcoast School of Music sees over 200 students per week and has over 15 teachers on staff. The goal for the school is simple: to create a place where kids can explore their passion for music in a fun and safe environment.

When Chris is not working he enjoys spending time with his wife Janice, their three children and their bulldog Peaches.

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