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About Zach Marley

Zach Marley is from Louisville, Kentucky and is a freelance low brass artist and teacher currently residing in Chicago, Illinois. Equally versed on all low brass instruments, Zach has been very successful in international competitions on multiple instruments. He was awarded second prize in the prestigious Leonard Falcone Artist Tuba competition in 2015 and 2016. During the International Tuba Euphonium Conference in 2016, Zach was a semifinalist in the Artist Tuba competition and was awarded second prize in the Rich Matteson Jazz competition in which he played euphonium.

While an undergraduate student at the University of North Texas, Zach performed with the Symphony Orchestra on tuba and the Two O’clock Lab Band on Trombone. Before graduating with a double major in Music Performance and Jazz Studies, Zach was voted most outstanding undergraduate brass student by the entire brass faculty. Zach has had the pleasure of performing with many great artists such as Wycliffe Gordon, Bob Mintzer, Andy Martin, Roger Ingram, Brian MacDonald, Marshall Gilkes, Jiggs Whigham, Denis DiBlasio, Gordon Goodwin, Tom “Bones” Malone, Eugene Rousseau, Sal Lozano, Bernard Wright, Peter Erskine and John Clayton.

An active teacher as well as performer, Zach has a studio of tuba, trombone and euphonium students in the Chicagoland area. Zach has also given masterclasses at both the high school and university levels. Zach has studied with many great brass teachers. His primary teachers include Rex Martin, Don Little, Tony Baker, Dr. Brett Shuster, Dr. Ansyn Banks and John Gutermuth.


Sonata - Frank Lynn Payne

I. Fast with energy

II. Slow and deliberate

III. Very quick and light

IV. Fast

Contraptions - Ben Miles

Odyssey – Neal Corwell