BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Marcus Wolfe is the Director of Jazz Studies at the Valley Christian Conservatory of the Arts in San Jose, CA.  Under his direction, the Valley Christian Jazz Ensemble has received recognition from many of the most prestigious organizations in the United States including top honors in the 2013 Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards in the High School Large Jazz Ensemble category, an invitational performance at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival, selection as the outstanding jazz ensemble at the Reno Jazz Festival, and outstanding ensemble and combo the 2015 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.  In 2015 he was honored with a nomination for a Grammy Music Educator award.  Marcus holds a D.M.A. in Jazz Studies and Theory/Composition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well as a M.M. and a B.M. in Jazz Studies and Saxophone from the University of North Texas.   

Prior to his appointment at Valley Christian, Marcus served as the Director of Jazz Studies, Assistant Professor of Saxophone, and Director of the Gene Harris Jazz Festival at Boise State University, was a member of the jazz faculty at Triton College in Chicago, and was awarded teaching fellowships at the University of North Texas and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  He is active as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor for festivals and summer camps throughout the United States and Canada.

 

As a professional jazz saxophonist Dr. Wolfe has performed in sixteen countries and has freelanced in many major urban centers of the United States.  He has released two CDs on the Nojoh record label has been recognized with three Downbeat awards.  Dr. Wolfe is also the author of a method book entitled RollPlay - Strength Training for Fundamental to Advanced Technique On All Instruments published by Adams Press Chicago.