cropped-OMB-under-500-1.pngPicture the opening of Mary Poppins with Dick Van Dyke as a One Man Band, except on steroids. Marc performs a “musical illusion.” All performances and videos are completely live, mistakes included. Marc is one of a few manually controlled, real One Man Band’s who can trick an ear into hearing a band performance from a solo musician.

Before deciding to become a real One Man Band (in March 2010) Marc made a living and life from performing music and entertaining, solo or with groups, performing everywhere from street corners to stadiums.

Marc’s mission is to define the term ‘One Man Band’ by refining his skills, perfecting his musical rigs, and becoming the most popular One Man Band in the world.

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Stats:

  • Drums are on revision 30.
  • Drums weigh 34 pounds.
  • Drums make 14 distinct sounds.
  • All drums are custom built except Trash Cymbal and Hi-Hat Tambourine.
  • Performances are live, nothing is pre-recorded, everything is mic’d and mixed like a band.

9.1 instruments:

  1. Vocal
  2. Harmonica
  3. Guitar
    *Sub-Guitar, the point one
  4. Bass Drum
  5. Snare Drum
  6. Hi-Hat
  7. Hi-Hat Tambourine
  8. Crash Cymbal
  9. Trash Cymbal

Most common question:

How did you become a One Man Band?

There are multiple answers …

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Short and sweet answer:

Being a One Man Band allows me to use a bunch of skills I like or am good at and lets me love them all at once.

Short answer:

At age 14, I remember daydreaming of being a One Man Band of sorts, I think. About 24 years later, I decided to become one after seeing a rare gig lead. I really can’t say how long it took me to learn to play it. The 1st day I had it mechanically working, I played it at a gig for about 10 minutes. I guess, more or less, I morphed into it from just playing guitar and singing.

A story answer:

Not sure if I morphed from Tuba to guitar, but I spent 8 years in the school band system where I was allowed to borrow many band instruments. I played guitar in junior and senior high, in a Pop Rock Band called Phact, with my best friends. In church, I played guitar, bass and sometimes keyboards and I lead a youth choir for a short time.

At age 16, I became busker (street performer) inspired by the Halifax Buskers Festival. At age 17, I attempted to build a backpack drum kit but failed. Then, I got a partial BA of Music and gigged… on streets to arenas and every venue type in between. I’ve worked solo (with drum machines and backing tracks before the word “Karaoke” existed), in bands, in comedy troupes and even with a few national acts. I performed across Canada and Scandinavia in pubs, lounges, cruise Ships, arenas and more until 1999.

In 1999, I got a house gig with a cover band at The Rock and Roll Beach Club, Pleasure Island, Disney Fl where I met my wife. Then I had a house gig at the Hard Rock Café, Orlando which led to touring the USA. After a few years, I settled in Florida, got married and gigged some more, at Casino Boats, Tiki Bars, Lounges, Restaurants, Resorts, Weddings, Corporate events and more. I had my own band, worked solo, did a Neil Diamond Tribute, performed with a comedy troupe and got a lot of ‘hired gun guitar player’ gigs backing older national acts (sight-reading charts) such as Johhny Thunder, Platters, Drifters, Temptations, Coasters, and Crystallites

In 2008, the recession kicked but on the music business I had created for myself in Central Florida. A few venues I performed at went bankrupt. The convention business shrunk and lower paying gigs became more competitive to book.

In March 2010, I saw a gig lead for a One Man Band to perform at a fair. I called thinking it was for a One Man Band playing over backing tracks and pile of things clicked. I had worked a few fairs with a comedy troupe. I still had an incomplete feeling about failing to build a backpack drum kit as a teenager. Most important I could see a business plan to make it work.

Armed with a garage full of power tools, steady solo bar gigs to test run and a belief I could, I built a backpack drum kit that has worked beyond my expectations. I added harmonica to my tool belt and successfully experimented with sound effects to produce a bass line while playing guitar.

I am always working to improve some part of the show. The drums work well as is and I have plans to upgrade. Building a motorized and self-powered 3,000 watt sound wagon has been awesome. I just completed my third Tubulum, which my son plays. It’s rewarding to problem solve the building of niche musical equipment and inspire.