Ken Marrs

JAS & JMP Faculty

Instruments: Orchestra Conductor, Double Bass
Education: M.M., University of Arizona; B.M.E., Indiana University – Bloomington
Currently Teaching: Summer Programs

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Ken Marrs began studying the double bass with Derek Weller and Stuart Sankey.  He received a bachelor’s of music education in choral and instrumental music from Indiana University where he studied bass with Bruce Bransby and Lawrence Hurst.  Ken has performed with the Ann Arbor, Flint, Saginaw Bay, Toledo, and Tucson Symphony Orchestras as well as the Arizona Opera Company and Tucson Chamber Artists, where he also has performed as a vocalist.  He received his master’s in choral conducting under Maurice Skones at the University of Arizona.  Ken has taught music and performed with orchestras on four continents.  He played electric bass in a 13 piece band that accompanied the Artifact Dance Ensemble’s tour of China.   Ken has taught orchestra, choir, concert band, jazz band, music discovery and guitar at the elementary, middle and high school levels.  He has directed youth, adult, church and community choirs in Michigan, Indiana and Arizona.  The orchestras at Sahuaro High School where he has taught for the last decade have received high ratings (Superior with Distinction) at state festivals and competitions.  His ensembles travel for clinics with university professors from throughout the southwest annually.  His students have won competitions and played with local orchestras.  Ken enjoys hiking, biking, swimming, yoga, camping, and the outdoors.