Marcus Wilcher (b. 1985, Los Angeles, Calif.) is an American composer, arranger, educator and saxophonist.
Dr. Wilcher grew up in the suburbs of Moreno Valley, California, listening to soul, R&B, and hip-hop. He began showing interest in jazz at age ten after hearing Miles Davis’s Birth of the Cool. However, jazz wouldn’t become his focus until he entered college in 2003, where he developed a passion for composition and decided to pursue a career in music.
Wilcher has attended and received multiple degrees from both Riverside City College and the University of Texas-Austin. Both schools frequently feature his compositions in concert. Most recently, Marcus was a finalist in the 2013 ArtEZ composition competition -- part of the Grolsch International Jazz Festival -- and received commissions from the New York Youth Symphony’s First Music program for both the 2013-14 and 2014-15 concert seasons.
Dr. Wilcher holds faculty positions at three California institutions -- Mt. San Jacinto College, Mt. San Antonio College, and San Bernardino Valley College -- and provides clinics, masterclasses, and guest appearances for various high school music programs throughout Southern California's Inland Empire. Additionally, he is a co-founder of Blacklist -- a production venture specializing in high quality live music shows -- and co-produced the 2018 documentary The Blacklist: Experience Jazz in Austin.;;
Works for Winds
- Villain as Hero (2018)
- The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 511.
- "Marcus Wilcher." Austin Chamber Music Center. Web. Accessed 26 August 2018
- Marcus Wilcher Instagram Accessed 5 April 2021