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During his years in the music industry, Marko Marcinko has worked as a freelance musician playing drum set, percussion, piano/keyboards, bass guitar, vocals, and trombone. He has also served as a studio session player, arranger, musical director, and producer for numerous commercial jingles, indie-films, and off-Broadway, club and theater engagements.

Born in Archbald, Pennsylvania, Marcinko studied technique with drumming master Joe Morello and continued his training at the University of Miami (FL) where he studied classical, jazz, Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban styles under professors Fred Wickstrom, Steve Bagby, Steve Rucker, Harry Hawthorne, and Ney Resaro.

Marcinko toured and recorded with jazz legend Maynard Ferguson in the mid-’90s and with NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman as a member of the Dave Liebman Group 2000-2014. He currently works with the Grammy-nominated Dave Liebman Big Band and the Organik Vibe Trio featuring Joel Frahm, Ron Oswanski, and The Marko Marcinko Latin Jazz Quintet.

He is founder and artistic director of the PA Jazz Alliance and the Scranton Jazz Festival, and has served as a consultant, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United States, Canada, South America, eastern/western Europe, and Japan.

Over the past 25 years, he has performed with Joe Henderson, Phil Woods, Jimmy Heath, Clark Terry, Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton, Benny Golson, Bob Dorough, Red Rodney, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Mulgrew Miller, Wallace Roney, John Pizzarelli, Kurt Elling, Tierney Sutton, Janis Siegel, Terell Stafford, Joe Lovano, Anthony Jackson, Mike Stern, and Will Lee; and with popular musicians and entertainers including: John Legend, Jon Secada, Joan Rivers, Jay Leno, Connie Francis, Joe Piscopo, Don Rickles, Melba Moore, Juan Gabriel, Clay Aiken, Bob Newhart, and Nicol Williamson.

As Director of Jazz Studies at Penn State University, Professor Marcinko conducts Centre Dimensions, the premier twenty-piece jazz ensemble at Penn State University. Centre Dimensions performs frequently on campus and tours throughout Pennsylvania and the East. This incredible jazz ensemble performs with several internationally known artists each year during the annual Penn State Jazz Festival. Marcinko also directs Vocal Dimensions, which is the premier vocal jazz ensemble at Penn State. They perform frequently on campus and have performed off campus for “A Night of Penn State Jazz” sponsored by the Penn State Alumni organization. In addition, Vocal Dimensions has performed and worked with internationally known jazz artists the New York Voices, as well as jazz vocalist/educator Elizabeth Radigonda. Professor Marcinko also oversees the Jazz Combo program that features numerous small jazz and contemporary music ensembles during the school year.

Marko Marcinko, drumset artist, endorses Yamaha Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, and Aquarian Drum Heads.

  • Courses Taught
    • Jazz Studies
  • Expertise
    • Jazz Studies
    • Drum Set
    • Keyboard
    • Improv
    • Jazz Harmony & Arranging
    • Jazz Pedagogy