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I am very happy to welcome Steve Marcus to the Wessex Tubas team as Manager, Customer Services.

Over the last 7 years Wessex has grown at such a rate that I have become aware that of recent response to enquiries has not always been as prompt as we would like to provide, and the service our customers rightly expect, so I welcome Steve who has more than 35 years of experience in the wholesale and retail areas of the musical instrument industry.

Steve's educational training (B.M.Ed. summa cum laude and M.M. [ABT], Temple University Boyer College of Music) led to his years of teaching music K-12 in the Philadelphia and Pennsbury, PA School Districts. He also was granted a Graduate Teaching Fellowship in Music Theory.

Unlike many who were brought to the tuba by someone else, Steve dreamed of becoming a tuba player from the age of 3 when he stared at the sousaphone player in the circus band in the poster that hung beside his bed. Originally self-taught on the instrument, a move to Chicago bought the opportunity to study tuba privately with Rex Martin at Northwestern University, Roger Rocco, and other instructors. Steve performed in Master Classes for Kenneth Amis, Arnold Jacobs, R. Winston Morris, Sam Pilafian, Rolf Smedvig, and others.

Steve is the tubist of the Park Ridge Civic Orchestra, West Suburban Symphony Festival Orchestra, the 11-piece Chicago Metropolitan Brass Ensemble, the Mad Monks of Melody and the Sinful Saints Dixieland Bands, and is a member of Chicago Master Singers. Some of the other ensembles with whom Steve has performed on tuba are the Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra, Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, FullScore Chamber Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Lake Forest Symphony Orchestra, Mucca Pazza, Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, Prohibition Orchestra of Chicago, Red Rose Jazz Band, Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, and Wheaton Municipal Band.

Steve sat in one of the BBb Bass chairs with Chicago Brass Band (Co-Founder and tubist of the 10-piece ensemble), Prairie Brass Band (charter member) and Illinois Brass Band.

Steve is a member of the American Federation of Musicians and an alum of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. As well as being tubist, he is also a pianist, vocalist, and choral conductor.

Located in Chicago, Steve Marcus will be helping customers from around the world. He can be contacted direct on +1 (616)-843-6888 or by emailing

Jonathan Hodgetts
Founder and Managing Director of Wessex Tubas