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    Maricle, Sherrie (2 September 1963 – Present)

    Percussionist from Buffalo, New York, whose family relocated to Endicott when she was five years old.  While still in elementary school, she wanted to learn the trumpet but her teacher told her that “Girls don’t play trumpets” and gave her a clarinet.  Sherrie didn’t much care for the woodwind, and took up the cello instead.  After seeing Buddy Rich and His Killer Force Orchestra in action when she was in the 7th grade, she decided to take up the drums. 

     

    In 1976, she attended Union Endicott High School and was determined to nab a spot on the snare-drum line, evening though upperclassmen usually got those positions.  Thanks to her control, power and sight-reading ability, she became the only freshman in the snare section at the time.

     

    She started playing professionally at sixteen years of age.  In 1980, she graduated and then attended the State University of New York in Binghamton from 1981 to 1985.  She played local gigs during this time with Slam Stewart.  In 1985, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music.

     

    She spent the rest of the ‘80s splitting her time amongst performing, studying for a master’s and Ph.D. in music at New York University, and teaching at NYU and SUNY-Binghamton.  While at NYU, she also served as Director of Percussion Studies.  Artists she worked with around this time included Peter Appleyard, Sonny Costanzo, Jay Leonhart, Jim McNeely, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Slam Stewart, about whom she wrote her dissertation.

     

    In 1987, she started playing weekly Saturday gigs at the Village Gate, and continued to do so until the establishment shut down in 1993.  She received her Doctorate of Philosophy from NYU in 1990.  As the new decade opened, she found herself working with the likes of Al Grey, Lionel Hampton, Jimmy Heath, Bill Mays, the New York Pops, and Clark Terry.  She founded the DIVA Jazz Orchestra in June 1992. 

     

    As if she weren’t busy enough, she was also composing her own works such as “Four Rudimental Twists”, “Heavy Metal”, “It’s Diddle Time”, “Prelude & Funk”, “Rudimental Hip-Hop”, “Street Beats” and “Table Top Rock”.  The Eastman Percussion Ensemble recorded “Street Beats” and “Heavy Metal” in 1995 and 1999, respectively.

     

    In 1999, the DIVA Jazz Orchestra went on a tour of Europe that included a stop in Salzburg, Austria.  Other groups with whom she has worked include the Binghamton Symphony and Pops Orchestra, the DIVA Jazz Trio, Five Play, the John Mastroianni Quintet, the New Jersey Symphony, and the Oliver Jones Trio.

     

    Sherrie participated in the AT&T International Women in Music Festival at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts on 4th June 2000.

     

    On 3rd April 2004, she took part in the Percussive Arts Society’s Day of Percussion at Western Connecticut State University.  She gave a clinic and the WCSU Percussion Ensemble returned in kind by interpreting the aforementioned “Street Beats”.

     

    The DIVA Jazz Orchestra appeared in Rosse Hall Auditorium at Keyon College in Gambier, Ohio, as part of the Gund Concert Series, on 4th November 2004.

     

    On 30th November 2007, the Onondaga Community College Percussion Ensemble performed “Street Beats” in Storer Auditorium at SUNY-OCC in Syracuse, New York.

     

    The Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival bestowed upon Sherrie their Lifetime Achievement Award at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Center for the Performing Arts in 2009.

     

    In 2010, the DIVA Jazz Orchestra made its splash on the big screen in the documentary, The Girls in the Band, and Sherrie participated in the Maryland Summer Jazz Festival.

     

    On 26th October 2011, the Sun Prairie Senior High School Percussion Ensemble interpreted “Street Beats” at the SPHS Performing Arts Center.

     

    The Ohio State University Percussion Ensemble performed “Heavy Metal” at Weigel Hall Auditorium on 29th October 2012. 

     

    Recordings on which Sherrie appears include:  Blues in the Night, I Believe in You, Johnny Mandel:  The Man and His Music, Leave it to DIVA, Live in Concert, Something’s Coming and T.N.T.—A Tommy Newsom Tribute with the DIVA Jazz Orchestra; Cookin’ on All Burners; Dedication; Jazz on CD; A Jazzy Way, On the Brink and PLUS with Five Play; Kick Ass Brass; Piano Jazz with the DIVA Jazz Trio; and, Time Being with the John Mastroianni Quartet.

     

    In the field of music education, she has served as a clinician for Aquarium Drum Heads, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Drum Sticks and Yamaha Drums, Director of Education for the New York Pops, Jazz Ensemble Director for the New York Summer Music Festival, President of the International Association of Jazz Educators’ New York chapter, and faculty member of the Hartwick College Summer Music Festival.

     

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