June 1, 2016
Max Marsillo is a musician, currently getting a Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion and Music Education. Max was born in Strongsville, Ohio on December 4, 1995. He started his music studies with Tom Konopka where he studied drum set and played in church as well as other local bands. While in high school, Max was heavily involved in the school music program, performing in drum line, symphonic band, and choir where he won the John Philip Sousa award. Max was also involved in the Canton Youth Symphony as well as several local rock groups. Max attended Kent State University for a year where he studied with Ted Rounds, performed in top ensembles and studied concert and orchestral percussion as well as jazz. In 2015, he won the Walter Watson jazz award and received outstanding solo performance awards playing with Kent State ensembles at the Elmhurst Jazz Festival. After one year, Max transferred to Capital University to continue his percussion studies under Bob Breithaupt, where he received an endorsement from Vic First as an educator. At this time, Max began to develop a serious interest in composing and arranging. Max was also nominated to perform at the scholarship competition at Capital University for marimba performance. Chora Luna for solo marimba is his first composition aside from jazz arrangements, and has yet to be premiered. He currently teaches high school drum lines across central Ohio and is continuing his studiews at Capital Univeristy's Conservatory of Music.
Here is a link to the YouTube performance by the composer: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lCLSpbbEWzM