Recording Artist and Motivational Speaker, Marcel Peter Blanchet, born in Waterbury, Connecticut , has been playing drums and studying music styles since 1966. " I started to play drums when I discovered how playing drums made people move, I was a Rhythm Nut " . He studied drums and percussion privately starting at age 5 with local Waterbury teachers, Fred Rock, Eddy Montana and Bill Rotella, learning the importance of reading and writing music. In 1976 he went on and pursued his Bachelor of Music in Performance degree while attending, The University of Maine, Western Ct. State University, and Berklee College of Music.
While studying at Berklee, he became involved in and studied Commercial Jingle writing. He began working with the television station WJAR TV 10 in Providence Rhode Island, writing jingle and news intros, and recording commercial spots. This led him down the road to recording drums and percussion for others, including touring and playing drums in the Broadway shows, Ain 't Misbehavin ', Guys and Dolls, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and ElJohn a Tribute to Elvis. After moving to Florida and getting involved with CBS and the Miami sound in the early 1980s, he started recording and performing with CBS recording artist, Richard Williams and MCA recording artist Tony Chance. Working with Eddie Fisher, the Ink Spots, The Platters and playing shows, night clubs, concert halls and going on the road touring with many touring acts and shows. Marcel landed in Nashville, Tennessee, where he continued recording jingles, Radio and TV commercials sound tracks and production music used in documentaries and corporate presentations and started to work with SONY Tree Productions, " I was recording for songwriters who wanted to land their own recording deals". Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville, works include Brooks & Dunn, Lee Ann Womack and Blake Shelton and many others.
In 1995 Marcel started, and is owner and president of DrumZ home of DrumNetwork.com. He developed the web site DrumNetwork.com and it is one of the highest ranked drum related web sites in the world and has been listed as one of the most frequented drum sites by Modern Drummer Magazine and DRUM!. Marcel is now in demand as a drum clinician motivational speaker. Known as an expert in the field, he demonstrates new drum and percussion products and uses his drumming skills to motivate his audiences to keep on striving for greater accomplishments. Sharing his story and lessons learned with audiences of all ages, he strengthens attitudes and helps build creativity. In every speaking engagement he includes the topic of the importance of hearing protection a very special topic dear to his heart.
Return to DrumNetwork.com