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Marc Waldman, Bass Guitar
Marc Waldman is an accomplished bassist, professional musician, composer, graphic artist, and writer.

Marc began studying music at age 6, starting with drums, trumpet, and piano. He moved to lower brass and bass guitar in his teens, joining the American Federation of Musicians Local 45 in 1984. In 1984, Waldman earned 1st Chair Double Bell Euphonium in the National Sousa Honors Competition. In his early twenties he played a mix of union engagements with The Allentown Band, The Allentown Municipal Band, The Royalaires Big Band, and The Walt Groller Orchestra, as well as regular club dates with the surf band The Aquabees, alt-rockers The Psyclone Rangers, and reggae band Jamallad, while studying fine art at The Barnstone Studios and The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art.

In 1988, The Psyclone Rangers recorded their first album, “I Want To Be Jack Kennedy,” which led to major label interest and the band signed with World Domination Records. Also in 1988, Jamallad signed with Starleigh Productions and began extensive touring
of the East Coast which ended Marc’s 3 year stint with The Psyclone Rangers and a stint as a writer and graphic artist at The Morning Call.

In 1990, Jamallad signed with Cellar Door Productions. They also landed house band contracts at Seacrets in Ocean City, Maryland, The Clevelander in Miami Beach, Florida, Rick’s Café in Key West Florida and Negril, and toured the east coast and the Caribbean. Jamallad also toured as a supporting act for Toots and the Maytals, Burning Spear, The Wailers, and Third World.

In 1992, Waldman returned to The Psyclone Rangers for studio sessions that led to the critically acclaimed “Feel Nice” CD released in 1993. Marc then left Jamallad to form Bahama Monster which included members of Pacific Orchestra, Mama Jama, and The Band and moved to Key West for a house engagement at The Pier House Resort. Life then took on a regular routine of wake at noon, beach, dinner, nap, gig, meet tourist girl. While holding house engagements at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, Rum Runners, and The Schooner Wharf Bar, he also toured with The Bill Blue Band, Robyn Fear, The Gringo Dogs, and third wave ska legends Freedom Of Expression.

1996 brought a 2 year contract as Musical Director at the Key West Hilton Resort where Marc’s duties included directing all musical acts for special occasions, nightly shows, and chartered cruises. In 1998, Waldman moved back to the Lehigh Valley and rejoined The Morning Call as an editorial writer. He is currently Creative Director at an ad agency in Bethlehem, Pa. He also rekindled a long association with The Allentown Hobo Almost Marching Band as Director. Marc joined The Villas in December 2004.

Influences: Ray Brown, James Jamerson, Paul McCartney, Abraham Laboriel

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