Mat Marucci ’65, Golden Spartan

February 22nd, 2017 Posted in Cover Story

MarucciMat was born into a musical family.  His sister, Mena Marucci Colella, was a concert pianist, and his brother, Ed Marucci, was a professional trumpeter.  As an active performer, author, educator and clinician, Matthew “Mat” R. Marucci ’65 was classically trained on the piano before switching to drums at the age of 19, where he studied with Dick Howard in Auburn, NY.  His performing credits include playing with many jazz greats and he has numerous critically acclaimed recordings to his credit as a leader and others as a sideman.  Mat is the author of several books on drumming for both Lewis Music and Mel Bay Publications and has written numerous articles on drumming for music magazines. His recordings and books have garnered four and five star reviewsMarucci 2 in musical magazines and on prominent jazz websites.

Marucci has been an Adjunct Professor in the Los Rios Community College District in the Sacramento area, an Applied Music Instructor at American River College in Sacramento and at the Jazzschool in Berkeley.  He has also served as an Applied Drumset Instructor at the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society.

Marucci 3Currently, Mat has three new CDs coming out on upstate New York record label, CIMP Records, and continues to work with his own trio and quartet.  He also plays with the Sacramento Classic Jazz Messengers and has some big band work coming up. Marucci has recently written articles for and has completed two additional books.   Mathew and wife, Diane Marie have two children who are carrying on the Marucci musical legacy.  His son Mathew is a semi-professional drummer, and daughter Therese Renee is an amateur pianist and flutist.

Samples of Mat’s recordings can be heard at and on his website

To read more about Mat Marucci, look to our upcoming Spring/Summer issue of Spartan!

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