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Mario Marini is a percussion performer and educator living in Columbus, Ohio. He has served as adjunct professor of percussion at Muskingum University, assistant percussion director at Pickerington High School North and spent ten years as director of percussion at Howland High School in Warren, Ohio. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Ohio State University, the Master of Music degree from Belmont University and the Bachelor of Music degree from The Ohio State University.

As a performer, Marini has appeared as soloist with the New Albany Symphony Orchestra and the Muskingum Valley Symphonic Winds and as a section player in multiple Central Ohio orchestras. He has an interest in performing music that fuses percussion instruments and styles from around the world and collaborating with other various media, most notably dance. Marini has accompanied contemporary dance classes since 2011 and while at Belmont was the first percussionist to seek out and collaborate with the Dance Department. He has appeared in three consecutive OMEA Professional Development Conferences: twice as an instructor of the PHSN Percussion Ensemble in 2017/19 and as a clinician in 2018. In 2008 he performed with the OSU Percussion Ensemble at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Austin, Texas.

An active researcher, Marini’s D.M.A. Document explores the notation of percussion in modern wind band compositions. This research has led to an ongoing project to update and redefine a standard notation for percussion. His academic achievements have been recognized by induction into Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. He began his percussion studies at the age of 10 in Warren, Ohio and his primary teachers have included Susan Powell, Christopher Norton, Joseph Krygier, Todd London and Tony Ferderber.

Marini is a proud educational endorser for Innovative Percussion.