W. Marshall Sealy "Marshall"Affiliation:
Horn Song (Jazz / World Music horn quartet),
Peter Nero and the Philly Pops,
Philly Pops Brass Quintet,
Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra (PA),
Sphinx Symphony Orchestra (Detroit),
South Florida Symphony (Florida)
Chavez Visiting Professor, University of Michigan
Artist's BiographyA native of New York City, Marshall Sealy began his French horn study at the age of 8 years. As a young musician, he performed with the Long Island Youth Orchestra and attended Manhattan School of Music and Ithaca College, where he received music and soccer scholarships. He then launched a successful second career as a master of brass instrument restoration and modification.
His musical career continued with many performing opportunities such as the show orchestras of Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis, Jr., Melba Moore, and the pit orchestras of The Dance Theatre of Harlem and Alvin Ailey Dance Company. In 1979, Marshall moved to Boston (MA), where he played with the orchestra of the Opera Company of Boston (seven seasons), Boston Pops Orchestra, Les Miserables Brass Band, Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, Boston Jazz Composers Orchestra, and the Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra. He has been a soloist with the Plovdiv Symphony (Bulgaria) and U.S. Air Force Band and has performed with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the Orchestra Filarmonica de Jalisco in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Since his return to New York, Marshall has played on Broadway in the pit orchestras of Beauty and the Beast, Jekyll & Hyde, The Lion King and toured with the National Tour of Evita. He has also performed with such notable artists as Lester Bowie, J.J. Johnson, Max Roach, David Murray, Shirley Horn, Ray Charles, Paquito DRivera and Steve Coleman. Marshall has appeared with the live television studio orchestras of the Essence Awards, Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards, Christmas in Washington, and the Whitney Houston HBO Special. He can be heard on recordings with Les Miserables Brass Band, George Russell, J.J. Johnson, Max Roach, Oliver Lake, Taj Mahal, Michael Jackson, Jay-Z, Nos, Will Smith, and Isaac Hayes (in the film score from the 1999 Shaft).
Marshall has been Executive Director, New York City Housing Authority Symphony Orchestra; Director of Music, Harlem School of the Arts; and Horn Instructor, Berklee College of Music. He has delivered horn master classes in the United States, Mexico, South Africa, Bulgaria, Serbia, the Dominican Republic, and Saint Lucia W.I.
Marshall plays the Vintage Conn 8D
Artist's InfluencesJulius Watkins, Jerome Ashby,
Miles Davis, Willie Ruff