Resume’

MARC CORDRAY

Percussion / Piano

EDUCATION

Master of Music, Jazz Studies, New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA 1989 GPA 3.5

Bachelor of Music, Jazz Performance, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, 1985 GPA 3.8, graduated summa cum laude.

Private Percussion Instruction with Dave Holland (of Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and Chick Corea Bands; two-time Grammy winner), and Bob Moses, Ed Saindon, Tommy Campbell, Dean Anderson, and Dave Satterfield

DRUM SET COMBO PERFORMANCE

2002 – present, Drums for Hit Man Blues Band, vocal blues/rock trio with influences like Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Son Seals and Robert Johnson. Current house band for Bay Street Blues. Voted best blues band in Savannah in Connect magazine.

2010 – 2015, Drums for Jubal Kane, high-energy, theatrical, harmonica-fronted band.

2004 – 2009, Drums for Silver Lining, vocal Latin/jazz trio with influences like Norah Jones and Dianna Krall. Venues include The Mansion on Forsyth Park, and Isaac’s. Runner-up for best jazz band in Connect Savannah magazine poll for 2007 and 2008. CD released in 2006 (see discography).

2001-2002, Drums 3 to 5 nights a week for Eric Culbertson Blues Band and Bottles and Cans Blues Band. Venues included Savannah Blues, Fiddler’s, Mercury Lounge, and the Islander.

1996 – present, Drums on an occasional basis with Ben Tucker, Kim Polote, Teddy Adams, Huxie Scott, Annie Allman, Eric Moore, Jan Spillane, Doug Carne, Phillip Meyers, Chris Chandler, David Duckworth, Jeff Beasley, Jeremy Davis, Larry Golden, Howard Paul, La Junta Jazz, Louise Spenser R & B and the musicians in their bands.

DRUM SET THEATER PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

Johnny Mercer & Me, multiple runs, 2014 -2015

Gypsy, Sun City, Hilton Head, 2014

House drummer for Savannah Theater,     2003 – 2005

Jukebox Journey, Played six shows a week for a total of approximately 550 shows.

Lost in the 50s, Played six shows a week for a total of approximately 250 shows.

December 2000, Percussionist for Nuncrackers, at Savannah Theater.

MUSIC DIRECTOR EXPERIENCE

Music Director for the Main Street Youth Theatre’s production of Disney’s Camp Rock, the Musical.

  • Judging auditions
  • Playing the piano for all rehearsals and shows
  • Teaching children their parts
  • Making all music related decisions for the performances
  • Conducting each performance.                                                        2011

Music Director and Drummer for The Savannah Theater’s traveling production of Jukebox Journey.

Duties: transcribing all previously un-scored parts, overseeing the cast, planning and running rehearsals, making all music related decisions for the performances, and quality of final production.                         2006

ORCHESTRAL MUSIC PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

Percussionist for The Chatham Artillery Punch Ensemble, classical chamber ensemble performing a wide range of pieces including Gershwin, Stravinsky and Frank Zappa                                              2002 – 2003

Percussionist for Augusta Symphony Masterworks Concert, season’s final concert.                         2002

ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

2010 and 2011, Series of brunch time up-scale jazz performances at South Carolina Yacht Club.

Summer 2008 and 2009, Drums for Concert in the Park, six shows. Sponsored by Chatham County.

Summer 2008, Drums for Savannah Blues Festival. Sponsored by Savannah Cultural Arts Council.

Spring 2008, Drummer for Vocal Competition Savannah Music Festival.

INSTRUCTION EXPERIENCE

In addition to over twenty years of one-on-one lessons…

Teaching beginner to advanced students music reading skills, music theory, drum set performance, orchestral percussion, intro to music history (college level), music appreciation, rudimentary hand technique on multiple instruments, and beginner group piano lessons.

Summers 2009 – Present Rock Camp, (play like a rock star) Savannah, GA. Band Coach/ Instructor.

Group instruction in music. Coaching bands to complete stage performance and video to Internet at camp’s final show.

ADDITIONAL LECTURE / INSTRUCTION EXPERIENCE

Starting 2017 – Dean of Music Department Heritage University

Spring 2008, 2009, and 2010 “What is Jazz? The History of Jazz.”: A series of lunch time lectures for children from low income neighborhoods. (Sponsored by the Chatham District Cultural Affairs Commission.)

Spring 2009, Percussion for series of lectures and demonstrations on the role of rhythm in different cultures as it relates to the history of dance. (Sponsored by the Juliette Lowe Foundation.)