It was 1994 when Marilyn first picked up the sticks after taking a west African dance course in college, and her life changed for the better. That course, with its live drumming and traditional tribal dance, inspired her to buy a djembe and hitchhike to California to immerse herself in west African music and dance. Ever since, she has lived her life by the drum. Marilyn now offers an authentic, polyrhythmic style built through years of traditional tribal drumming and dance study, and she plays a drum kit like no other. Her rhythmic style is smooth with a serious drive, and her vocal style is soulful and rich. That she sings while she drums gives Marilyn's playing a very melodic feel, and her ability to connect with the audience makes her an engaging performer. Listed in the female drummers Hall of Fame (Top 50) by Drum Asylum , Marilyn's experience lends an earthy feel to Soundserious music.
More than a singing drummer, Marilyn is also a songwriter, percussionist, drum instructor, dance teacher, choreographer and event presenter. Through her school, Marilyn's House of Rhythm and Dance, she teaches rhythm empowerment in many forms. She has been the founder, director, choreographer and lead performer for lively drumming and dance collective, RhythmDance Drum Orchestra, based in Nelson since 2012. Currently she is the artistic director and co-band leader of Moving Mosaic Samba Band. Marilyn also has successfully served as director, choreographer, lead dancer and lead female drummer of several other drum and dance ensembles, including: the Afro Stylie Percussive Dance Experience, the Afreaks, YOMA's; Nyokabok, and Wara Foli among others, performing widely in California, the western US, AB and BC at festivals like: Whole Eart Festival (Davis, CA); Sierra Nevada World Music Festival (CALIF); War Child (Nelson, BC); Canmore Children's Festival (Canmore, AB); Market Fest (Nelson, BC); Shambhala Music Festival (Salmo, BC); Kelowna Life and Arts Festival and many more. As well, she has performed live on radio stations: KVMR FM (Nevada City, CA ) Radio Tamba (Tambacounda, Senega, west Africa) and CJLY (Nelson, BC).