John Marr is a composer, West-African/Latin percussionist, pianist, lecturer, and anime neophyte. He studied piano with Mary Mark Zeyen and composition with Lloyd Rodgers and Peter Boyer. He was awarded the Outstanding Achievement in Composition-Master's of Music by Lloyd Rodgers at California State University, Fullerton. His works range from the orchestral to electronic music using Vocaloids and Utauloids. He is also a member of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, completing the first two levels of their training.
He has served as Artist in Residence for The Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts Educational Outreach Program. As an academician, Mr. Marr has given numerous panels on composers of music for Japanese anime, such as Yuki Kajiura, Susumu Hirasawa, Joe Hisaishi, at many anime conventions throughout The Southwest. He is an active performing musician performing in many new music festivals throughout The Southwest. In addition to Santa Ana College, he has served on the faculties of Santiago Canyon College, Cerritos College, Irvine Valley College, Saddleback College, Concordia University of Irvine, Scripps College, Coastline Community College, Bethesda Chrisitan University, and Union College of California and Vietnamese Theological Seminary. He is leader/composer of the “alt-classical” ensemble Brother Mallard, whose goal it is to bring new music to all listening ears.
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