Meet Mike Marshall

Growing up in Central Florida, Mike cut his teeth on traditional American music. At age 19, his interest in diverse music styles eventually led him to the San Francisco Bay Area to join the original David Grisman Quintet in 1978. This band toured Europe and Japan and performed on the Johnny Carson Show. Together with the legendary jazz violinist Stephan Grappelli, Mark O’Connor, and guitarist Tony Rice, they helped set a new standard for American string band music.

Since then, Mike has continued pushing the boundaries of acoustic music and can be heard on hundreds of recordings as a composer, featured artist, sideman, and producer. Mike is one of the world’s most accomplished and versatile string instrumentalists in American today.

A master on mandolin, guitar, mandocello and violin, he has created some of the most adventurous instrumental music for over 35 years. His concert tours have taken him around the globe, and you can hear his mandolin on the theme for NPR’s ‘Car Talk’ every week. In addition, Mike composed and recorded the theme music for the San Francisco based radio program ‘Forum’ heard daily on KQED Radio.

As a teacher, Mike founded a weeklong mandolin camp in 2002 with old pal David Grisman. The Mandolin Symposium takes place the last week of June at U.C. Santa Cruz with over 150 mandolinists and 10 of the greatest players/teachers in the world.