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Jazz Combo

A comprehensive learning experience of instruction and performance opportunities in the genres of jazz, blues, world beat, and contemporary music.

The maximum number of students selected to participate in the Jazz Combo is limited to 7 with ideal instrumentation comprised of  trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano, guitar, bass (upright or electric) and rhythm (drum set), however, instrumentation can be flexible and may change from the above, depending on the audition videos/applications received.

Click on "How to Apply", found on the left side of this page, for audition video and application information.

The daily schedule for Jazz Combo members will include the following:

  • Jazz Combo rehearsal
  • Masterclass on your instrument/voice (taught by School of Music faculty and guest artists)
  • Improvisation
  • Jazz theory and harmonization
  • Jazz history
  • Common Hour (featuring a different musical topic or opportunity each day, TBA)
  • Evening recitals
  • Students will have the opportunity to take a 30 or 45 minute lesson with HMI faculty


Marko MarcinkoDuring his years in the music industry, Marko Marcinko has worked as a freelance musician playing drum set, percussion, piano/keyboards, bass guitar, and trombone. He has also served as a studio session player, arranger, musical director, and producer for numerous commercial jingles, indie-films and off-Broadway, club and theater engagements. 

Born in Archbald, Pennsylvania, Marcinko studied technique with drumming master Joe Morello and continued his training at the University of Miami (FL) where he studied classical, jazz, Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban styles under professors Fred Wickstrom, Steve Bagby, Steve Rucker, Harry Hawthorne, and Ney Resaro.

Marcinko toured and recorded with jazz legend Maynard Ferguson in the mid-90's and with NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman as a member of the Dave Liebman Group 2000-2014. He currently works with the Grammy nominated Dave Liebman Big Band and the Organik Vibe Trio featuring Joel Frahm, Ron Oswanski, and multi-Grammy award winning vibraphonist Dave Samuels.

He is founder and artistic director of the PA Jazz Alliance and the Scranton Jazz Festival, and has served as a consultant, clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States, Canada, South America, eastern/western Europe, and Japan.

Over the past 25 years, he has performed with Joe Henderson, Phil Woods, Jimmy Heath, Clark Terry, Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton, Bob Dorough, Red Rodney, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Mulgrew Miller, Mike Stern, Kurt Elling, Tierney Sutton, Janis Siegel, Terell Stafford, Joe Lovano, Anthony Jackson, Mike Stern, and Will Lee; and with popular musicians and entertainers including John Legend, Jon Secada, Joan Rivers, Jay Leno, Connie Francis, Joe Piscopo, Don Rickles, Melba Moore, Juan Gabriel, Clay Aiken, Bob Newhart, and Nicol Williamson.

Professor Marcinko endorses Yamaha Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Aquarian Drum Heads.