Marcus is a percussionist, composer and songwriter, who has taught music for over 25 years across a range of ages and sectors. He trained as a vocal facilitator with Access to Music (now Access Creative College) and gained a First Class degree in music from the University of East Anglia, setting up NORCA in 2001 as a vehicle for increasing participation in the arts. He has taught singing and percussion in schools and community settings across Norfolk. Marcus also trained with the Royal Opera House on their ‘Write an Opera’ model, and has worked with children to create and perform their own operas, most notably twice with Year 5 children at Wensum Junior School. He has written and arranged material for the Sistema Norwich programme, theatre groups and his own band.
Marcus has been teaching and leading community Samba bands since 2000, when he started Norwich Samba with Paul Weston. Projects and groups since have included the Big Bloco Project (creating a 100+ band that brought together members of other regional Samba bands, working with JP Courtney and Hej Jones) and Bloco Foguete (NORCA’s community bloco, created as part of the Cultural Olympiad work). He has developed and been artistic or musical director for a number of carnival shows, including Celestial Festival Carnival (2003), Back to the Streets (2009), Spooky City (2014-16), Norwich Circus 250 (2018), the World We Live In (2019) and the Norwich Lord Mayor’s Procession (2022, 2023). Most recently he has taken on developing a new Samba band in Lowestoft for the Marina Theatre, and writing and performing in a number of street shows with his Outdoor Arts company, Rabo de Foguete.