Marcus Coleman, a South Los Angeles native, was encouraged at a very young age to take up the piano. Showing many signs of talent and commitment, a Jr. High School principal insisted that he join the R.D. Colburn School of Performing Arts. There he was able learn the fundamentals of music and also be permitted to explore, cultivate and experience a healthy musical environment among his peers and industry professionals. Marcus was also accepted into the Alexander Hamilton High School Academy of Music. "Hamilton was a tremendous learning experience." Not only was it an academic institution, but for Marcus, it was a musical melting pot where serious musicians were forged. Winning several awards, Marcus quickly became a local favorite among musicians. This ultimately landed him a brief spot on the Tonight Show (Jay Leno) as a pianist when he was only 17 years old.
A growing fascination with jazz as he entered college gave Marcus the basic tools to obtain his first major jobs as a musician. In the later part of the 90's, Marcus decided to start directing and arranging for musical artist like Brian McKnight, Chante Moore, Monica, Kenny Lattimore, Howard Hewitt and others. During this time, Marcus began to direct several stage shows; allowing him to hone his skill to become the "go to" person for theatrical and technical stage direction.
Almost simultaneously, Marcus began using his talent and skill as a composer, arranger and orchestrator for several network television shows and films. As a composer, Marcus was required weekly to use his extensive musical training to create the soundtrack and score for shows like Girlfriends (Paramount/CW), All Of Us (Paramount), Parkers (Paramount), King Of Queens (CBS), Soulfood (Showtime), Steve Harvey's Big Time (CW), Dance 360(CBS), Second Time Around(Paramount), and The Proud Family (Paramount/BET).
Currently Marcus serves as the Executive Director for the Inland Conservatory For The Performing Arts.