Ed Marshall is the Principal Bassist with the New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra. He is an active freelance classical and jazz bassist (upright and electric) in the greater Boston area. He performs regularly with the Carlisle Chamber Orchestra (where he is the Principal Bassist), Indian Hill Big Band, Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, Sounds of Stow Community Chorus & Orchestra, and subs with other jazzbands, orchestras, musical productions, and small ad hoc jazz groups. Ed*s background includes a BS in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, with a double-major in tuba and string bass, and a stint with the 18th Army Band at Fort Devens, MA.
Ed got his start on bass when his western PA high school revived a string program after a hiatus of several decades. Ed already played tuba in the high school band. The incoming string teacher knew that the string bass in an orchestra performs the same harmonic and rhythmic functions as a tuba in a concert band. Both instruments sound in the same register and read the same clef. She asked him if he wanted to try string bass. He did. He fell in love with the bass, its role in orchestra, and the opportunities to play in many different genres.