A Senior Idol Finalist in 2016. An Award Winning Composer with 35+ years of experience in the Music Industry.
He studied Music and Music Education at Florida International University. Earned a Bachelor's Degree from Regents College in New York.
His Eclectic approach to Music shapes the Band's Musical Sound. This unique mix of genres include: Dance, Rock & Roll, Pop, Oldies, Latin, Jazz, Sing-Along, Blues, Doo Wop, Ballad, Instrumental and Caribbean Music.
When he is not performing as a Solo Artist (One Man Band), he is accompanied by his Band - Mari O. and the "Q" Band - which may consist of a Duo, Trio or Quartet. At times you may also find him at a Corporate Event playing with a Seven Piece Orchestra.
One thing is for certain-whether he plays on an Intimate Stage like the Italian American Social Club in Palm Coast, Florida - The Sophisticated Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Fl. Or a World Class Venue as Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida... You will be Entertained!
The Phantom of the Opera Tribute: Mari O. as "The Phantom"
Grease Tribute: Mari O. as "Danny"
West Side Story Tribute: Mari O. as "Tony"
Amahl and the Night Visitors (Full Production) Mari O. played a Shepherd
Miami Dade South "Caravan Singers": Mari O. Sang Tenor and played Acoustic Guitar
Pit Orchestra Experience
Oklahoma: Mari O. on Guitar
How to Succeed in Business without Trying: Mari O. on Guitar
New York State Catskill Regional Teacher Center Award Winner for His Musical Program Composition "Las Panteras de Edmeston"
Guitars= Samick (A Greg Bennett Design) Active Pickup - Les Paul (Custom) Seymour Duncan Pickups
Amps= Euro Power PMP518M by Behringer - Studio Chorus 210 by Peavey
FX Pedals= Zoom G3X
Guitar Wireless System= by BOSS
Mari O. has Released Two Albums and One Single.
Three Songs from his latest Album "Knee Mails" are "In Rotation" at Surf 97.3 FM WQFB Radio in Palm Coast, Florida (DJ Surfin' Vern)
Latest Album Review "Knee Mails"
-"Songs with an Island feel"
"Prodigal Son (Ramon)"
"Mambo Pa' Jesu"
"Pain" - "Very different from the Christian pop out there and is a standout among other songs..."
"Oleo y Palma (Palm Branch and Sacred Oil)" - "I think the Latin Christian music community needs more songs like this"
- Dr. Jacqueleen Reyes Hull
Interim Chief Access Officer and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, University of South Florida Health
Mari O. was one of the Featured Artists on "Live Trigger Magazine" 2019 September issue.
Article by Andrea Abbondanza (Australia)