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Marc Capelle is a San Francisco native. His parentsóhis mother a librarian and his father a welder in the shipyards and for the SF MUNIóboth came to San Francisco in the 1940s. Marc was raised in a Bohemian household, and his childhood was filled with music, literature and art.
 
His first professional performance was in San Francisco at the age of eight, when he played Dixieland cornet at Pier 23 with the house band. Attending San Francisco public schools, during the summers he participated in the SF Symphony's Music Workshop. After graduating from J Eugene McAteer High School in 1979, he attended Columbia University in NYC, where he earned a BA in English Literature, played at CBGB's and the Mudd Club, produced a weekly television show, Fiestavision, and promoted over twenty concerts.
 
In 1985, Capelle returned to San Francisco and settled in the Mission district. During that time he began playing piano, organ, and trumpet with the West Coast Spiritual Corinthians, a gospel music group with roots in the Bayview and the East Bay. Capelle went on to perform with the Corinthians for 12 years, recording three albums with them and playing hundreds of church, festival and club dates. 
 
In the mid-1990s, he began performing with bands outside of the gospel circuit. Since then he has written, arranged, performed and recordedóon an array of instruments that include piano, trumpet, flugelhorn, euphonium, Moog synthesiser, and Hammond and Wurlitzer organsówith American Music Club, Third Eye Blind, Cake, the Loved Ones, the Kinetics, Grandaddy, Los Mocosos, Tommy Guerrero, John Doe, Virgil Shaw, Mark Eitzel, Chuck Prophet and a host of others. Recently, his newly formed all-star deep soul band, Marc and the Casuals, has been prompting spontaneous dance parties at clubs throughout the Mission.
 
Marc also founded a music production company, Tarmac Music, which he still runs today with his partner Monte Vallier. Tarmac has provided music for television, radio, and films, and its clients include Macy's, Adobe, Wild Planet Toys, Odwalla, HBO/Cinemax, The Food Network, Grey Advertising, InCa Productions, and Hoffman/Lewis. Marc has also recently furnished scores for the television programs John Cleese's Wine for The Confused and One Bite of the Apple, as well as additional music for the HBO/Cinemax documentary Paternal Instincts.   
 
An active patron of and participant in the San Francisco art scene, Capelle has helped to produce, compose, and arrange music for a variety of events including the San Francisco Film Festival, Zoetrope: All Story Magazine, Gallery 16, the Theater Artaud, and Litquake. He is a member of the San Francisco Film Society advisory board and the San Francisco Appreciation Society, and is the musical director and piano player for San Francisco's acclaimed monthly storytelling series, PorchLight. He is currently composing, and will perform, new music for a program of live music and modern animated shorts as part of the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival.
 
He lives in the Mission with his son Evan and wife Sara Murphy, the director of Worklink, a not-for-profit agency that provides employment services to people with physical and developmental disabilities.
 

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