|Position:||HS/MS Band | Choir|
Band and choir teacher, Kent Marcum, began playing the piano at the age of 6 years old. He continued to take weekly lessons and began performing at the age of 8 years old. At the age of 13 he began teaching piano lessons. He was also involved in the Addison Community Schools band and choir program where he played the trumpet and percussion and became the school accompanist in the 9th grade. His formal training in classical and jazz piano began when he was sixteen and attended the Interlochen Arts Academy where here he majored in piano/composition and music theory. He graduated from the Academy in 1977. He then attended the University of North Texas where he majored in piano pedagogy and minored in music theory. After receiving his Bachelor of Music degree he continued living in Dallas, Texas where he played in various venues throughout the North Texas area. In 1985 he moved back to Michigan with the intention of moving to Boston to pursue his Masters Degree at the Berklee School of Music. While preparing for his Boston move Eastern Michigan University offered him a full ride and a graduate assistance position teaching piano pedagogy. He received his Master of Education from Eastern Michigan University and continued living in the Ann Arbor area where he taught piano at the Flint Institute of Music and gigged throughout the Detroit area. After moving back to the Lenawee County area he began composing music for television film. He was then asked to teach part time in the choral department at Addison Community Schools and as they say, the rest is history. He attained his teaching certification at Siena Heights University. Two years ago he was granted a leave of absence from Addison Schools and he moved to Los Angeles, California where he studied Pro Tools engineering at the Musicians institute in Hollywood, California. He continues his teaching at Addison Community Schools and his goal is to build the Addison Band & Choir program before his retirement. Kent continues to write television/film music and has placed music with Harpo Productions, The Weather Channel, CBS “The Bold & the Beautiful, the Dr. Oz show, the Chelsea Lately Show, Sirius Satellite radio, the music supervisor/composer/arranger for the movie “Sidewalk Singer” and various music libraries in Los Angeles.
If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. … I get most joy in life out of music.
~ Albert Einstein