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Marc Sustaita was born in Cape May, NJ to Fernando Sustaita and Marie Rosales in 1977. He grew up in Alamo, Texas and began playing the trumpet in 1988 under the direction of David Gunn. He continued his studies with other prestigious educators such as: Vidal Flores, Robert Garza, Paul Denman, Basilio Saldaña, and the late Edgar Fuentes. He earned honors such as: All-Region Band Member, All-Area Band Member, All-State Band Member, and also earned superior ratings in various solo & ensemble competitions both at regional and state levels. He was also named “Outstanding Soloist” at the 1993 State Solo & Ensemble competition in Austin, Texas.
Marc went on to attend Baylor University in Waco, Texas from 1995-2002 where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. His studies at Baylor continued under Barry Hopper, Ben Irom, Vern Sielert, Michael Haithcock, Jeffrey Grogan, and Jerry Luckhardt. He performed with Baylor’s Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Golden Wave Band, and in various Jazz and Classical ensembles.
In 2004, Marc made Austin, Texas his home and began teaching Elementary Music for Austin Independent School District at Rodriguez Elementary. His duties include: teaching Kindergarten-5th Grade Music, working with The Austin Symphony Orchestra to provide yearly concerts for all students, working with the Austin Jazz Workshop to provide performances and master classes for Grade 3rd-5th, and working with the school choir to perform at various community events such as the River City Youth Foundation Annual Merry Memories & The Dove Springs Neighborhood March on Crime and Violence.
Marc has played in various ensembles, performing multiple genres of music all over Texas. Some of his past musical endeavors include: Sloppy Joe (Waco), London Calling (Austin), Rival City (Austin), and Son de Rey (Austin). His current musical adventures include performing regularly with Axis Unity (Austin), La Guerrilla (Austin), and Braulio y Fuzzion (Austin).
Marc continues to reside in Austin with his wife Maria Christina De La Cerda and their 8 children (Brittny, Toni-Marie, Marc Jr., Abigail, Adelina, Anahi, Matthew, and Mia). In his spare time he enjoys eating chicken wings and playing poker.