Mario Marini is a percussion performer and educator living in Columbus, Ohio. He is currently adjunct professor and director of percussion studies at Muskingum University and assistant director of percussion at Pickerington High School North. Previously, he spent ten years as director of percussion at Howland High School in Warren, Ohio.
As a performer, Marini has appeared as soloist with the New Albany Symphony Orchestra and the Muskingum Valley Symphonic Winds and in the sections of the Westerville Symphony, Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra, Newark-Granville Symphony, Opera Project Columbus, and McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra. He has an interest in performing music that fuses percussion instruments and styles from around the world, enjoys playing and composing music in the ancient rudimental style and is active in commissioning new works. Marini enjoys collaborating with various artistic media, most notably, dance. He has accompanied contemporary dance classes at the acclaimed Ohio State University Department of Dance and the Belmont University Dance Department. While at Belmont, he was the first percussionist to seek out and collaborate with the Dance Department. Marini has performed on Drums Downtown V-VIII, X & XI at OSU where the percussion studio collaborates with dance, ACCAD, visual art, and other musicians. In 2008 he performed with the OSU Percussion Ensemble at the Percussion Arts Society International Convention in Austin, Texas.
His achievements in education have included programming and directing the Muskingum University Percussion Ensemble and Steel Drum Band, coaching the PHSN Percussion Ensemble, organizing and teaching the Belmont University Concert Band Percussion Ensemble and directing the OSU High School Honor Band Festival Percussion Ensemble. In 2018, Marini was a clinician at the OMEA Professional Development Conference. His work has been recognized by being named the Outstanding Graduate Associate - Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion at OSU and the Graduate Student of the Year at Belmont. From 2008-2018, Marini taught the percussion section at Howland High School and was a part of the bands transition from 140 members to 240, including an equipment and style change. In 2016, he began his position as assistant director of percussion at Pickerington High School North.
Audio has been of great importance to Marini since he began studying it during his undergraduate work. While at OSU he served as a Graduate Associate in Audio Recording where he oversaw the recording, editing and archiving of all School of Music events. He also previously served as a Graduate Associate in Bands where he was the head of logistics and equipment for two multi-state OSU Wind Symphony tours.
An active researcher, Marini’s D.M.A. Document explores the notation of percussion in modern wind band compositions. This research has led to an ongoing project to update and redefine a standard notation for percussion. His academic achievements have been recognized by induction into Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. He began his percussion studies at the age of 10 in Warren, Ohio. His primary teachers have included Susan Powell, Christopher Norton, Joseph Krygier, Todd London, and Tony Ferderber. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Ohio State University, the Master of Music degree from Belmont University and the Bachelor of Music degree from The Ohio State University.
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