|Marsha has lived in the NYC area for the past two decades. She grew up on a farm on the outskirts of Allentown, PA, in rural Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Her family came to the Philadelphia area in the mid 1700s. Descended from great, great uncles who were soldiers in the Civil War’s Bucktail Regiment and gypsy fortunetellers and artists living off the land that they farmed, her lineage is historic and colorful.
Her mother is a local church pianist/ organist; Marsha started piano studies when she was five years of age. Soon she gravitated to the saxophone, which opened the door for flute, clarinet, voice, and guitar while continuing her study of piano.
Her love of music led her to festivals and major high school performances state wide. While on this path, she was introduced to the stylings of Phil Woods. After hearing Phil in Reading, the stage was set. Marsha knew then that saxophone was what she would pursue in life.
Marsha continued studying classical saxophone with David Bilger and classical piano with his wife, Doreen Bilger. Awarded several prestigious scholarships, she began her undergraduate work at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and received a Bachelor of Music in 1991. She also holds a Masters in Music Education from the Aaron Copland School of Music. She has studied privately with Tim Price, Eric Person, Ron Kerber, John Blake, Larry McKenna, Jim Pugh, John Stubblefield, Sir Roland Hanna and Jimmie Amadie.
Marsha moved to L.A. in 1991 and began playing with contemporary jazz and rock musicians during her first year. By the following year, she felt beckoned by the east coast and bought a one-way ticket to New York City. She has been there ever since and may never give up her Manhattan views.
Her music is an open sky, with diverse elements of Latin, Funk, Jazz, and Rock. She has shared the stage with Grover Washington; Bill Watrous; Bob Mintzer; Randy Brecker; John Stubblefield; George Gee and his “Make Believe Ballroom Orchestra”; and with Paul Schaefer in a guest appearance on The David Letterman Show, along with many others.
Besides performing and composing, Marsha has been an Educator on the East Coast. She has taught College courses on woodwind pedagogy, High School band, and Elementary general music. She also keeps a private practice on woodwind instruction, piano and voice. Along with her teaching career, she is also the author of the children’s book “The Adventures of Fredi and Her Lily Pad Band”.
As a very in demand multi-instrumentalist and leader in New York City, Marsha plays with her own ensemble “The Project of Love”, performing in both private and public venues. For years, she performed monthly at NYU’s Hospital Rusk Institute, and can also be found performing monthly in NYC and New Jersey, at such clubs as the Iridium and the Garage in NYC. She also travels to different jazz festivals and master classes for Colleges and High and Elementary school programs throughout the country.
Marsha recorded her debut CD “One Night” on Blue Toucan Records. Which was well received and is thrilled to release her second CD “Diggin’ the Day” (all originals) on BluJazz Records.