Mike Marlier is in his 14th year as the director of Drum Set Studies at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver and is a widely respected, exceedingly versatile drum set player. Since moving to Colorado from Ohio in 1981, he has performed and recorded with Nelson Rangell, Lannie Garrett, Dotsero, Dave Valentin, Ernie Watts, Tiny Tim, the GRP All-Stars, in addition to recording countless radio and TV commercials.
Marlier first played at the Conference on World Affairs in 1989 and, together with Bijoux Barbosa on bass, has been honored to be part of CWA numerous times since then. He is also the staff drummer at the Mile Hi Church and the music coordinator for the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. In addition, Martlier maintains a busy clinic and masterclass schedule and can be found adjudicating high school and college jazz festivals all over the country. His versatile approach to the drum set has allowed for a vast, diverse body of work, and it is from these experiences that he draws upon in his teaching, creating a curriculum that is thorough and engaging.