Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1951, Marc is the eldest of two sons born to Phyllis and Monte Decker. His brother Robert is a top cancer specialist in Los Angeles as well as an aspiring comedian. His father Monte was an accountant, but also a jazz and classical music lover. When music played his father pointed out the different parts of the work as the piece unfolded. His mother, Phyllis, is a youthful eighty and one of California’s up and coming artists. It was his mother’s piano playing which supplied an inspiring soundtrack to his childhood days.

Marc began his musical training at age eight with piano lessons. His teacher was Stuart Fastofski, later a conductor for several Canadian orchestras. As a child, his parents often woke him up to play for their friends when hosting parties and the like. He used these opportunities to show off by playing pieces with his eyes closed and his hands crossed. As he has been reported to have stated on more than one occasion, “ I may be Jewish, but I’ve always been a ham.” When he was ten, he happened to be at a local football game watching through the chain-link fence. As the marching band came around the track at halftime, the multitude of drummers slamming it out was too much for the impressionable youth. He went crazy, ran home and declared as he burst through the door, “I’m going to be a drummer!” This, as it turns out, was in fact the only true statement he had ever uttered to his parents since the day he was born. 

Age twelve would prove to be the earthquake year in Marc’s childhood. He joined his first band (The Megatones), formed another at school, excelled at school, had his first childhood sweetheart, and was all in all, living in Camelot. Then one day he arrived home from school to find the president had been shot. A month or so later, his parents got divorced, and he moved to Queens with his mom and brother. But just weeks after the move, something amazing happened…the Beatles hit America. He was never the same. At this time his sole passion in life became the drums. He cut school nearly every day just to play. He fell in with some friends and they formed a band. They even played a few gigs. At night, after his mom went to sleep, he climbed down the fire escape and boarded the subway from Queens to Greenwich Village in Manhattan. Amazingly, he was allowed into most of the clubs. After all, he was only twelve, it was past midnight, and he was alone, smoking cigarettes and drinking rum and cokes (they never asked for I.D. Man how times have changed), and as he sat in the dark underground clubs, there, ten feet in front of him was Muddy Waters just doin’ it. This is where he learned the blues and the thrill of performance. But after nearly three years of this behavior, his mom relocated the family to L.A. Goodbye blues, grease and late night adolescent alcoholic stupors, hello sunny Cal, and surfers, and hippies, and babes, and bands,

Marc was nearly fifteen when he arrived in L.A. in 1966. He continued his pattern of not going to school until he was old enough to quit at age sixteen. He was already in several bands by that time and played out often. He had his first taste of success at this time as well. He joined a band in Palmdale, California called the Obeah Band. They caught the eye of an up and coming radio DJ named Don Imus (Yes, The Don Imus) who financed a recording session in L.A. at Goldstar, a legendary studio. Marc wrote the A-side and the song (16 Times) became number one in Palmdale, Lancaster, Bakersfield, and other small towns… a sort of “regional” hit. However, by seventeen, the band broke up and he was off to other things.

Marc spent the next dozen or so years as a drummer, performing in every kind of band. At twenty he found himself in town for a time. He decided at his mother’s coaxing to take his GED test in order to enter a computer tech school, which he did. After receiving his diploma in Computer Programming, he decided to go on to college to study music. He did this first of three college stints for a year and a half until Albert Collins called for a band, and he and his mates were gone the next day. He played several tours with blues legend Albert Collins, rockers Adam Strange, Boa and Avalanche, and even did local gigs with his own original band Angel Demonic. His bands shared the bill with many of the legends of rock such as Chuck Berry, Van Halen, Savoy Brown and numerous others. He toured the U.S. many times over with these bands and others, but every time he returned to L.A. he recorded in the studio. He had started learning guitar, and coupled with his early piano skills was able to record his music playing all the instruments. He had also become a prolific writer so there was no shortage of material. During this time, he even had occasional airplay, which, he considered a minor success in itself, as L.A. radio was quite difficult to penetrate. In particular, L.A. radio jock Doctor Demento played his music nearly every week over a long period of time. 

By age twenty-six he had had enough of touring in other people’s bands and simply being a drummer. He decided to stay in town and work on original projects. He spent the next ten years to this pursuit. His first major project was “Hollyweed” in 1975 followed by “Red Alert: A Space Rock-Opera” in 1976-78. Both projects were recorded at JPM Studios, engineering and Sound FX by John Peters. This was followed by a number of recording projects and his own original bands including Marc David Decker and The Newz, Decker’s Drivers, Channel Logic, Homer The Band and Doctor Daddio and The L.A. Mints. Most of these are available for both listening (no samples, only complete songs) and downloading on 

To keep up with things, Marc started several publishing and record companies. He formed many partnerships as well, most notably with Pete Peterson, who was co-executive producer and co-owner of two record companies with Marc (Biba Records, Dija Records). His manager for a time, Bill Owens, was also influential and introduced Marc to many of the people he greatly admired such as jazz greats Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis, rockers such as The Cars and Alice Cooper and Television writers and producers Jerry Parsigian and Don Siegel. Jerry and Don ended up writing the stage play for Marc’s Red Alert, which nearly reached production.  

By 1987, Marc’s bands had airplay on many L.A. radio stations, his records were in the stores, and his bands had played every club in L.A. multiple times. Unable to get over the big hump, he began to morph creatively. He published his first poetry book entitled, Bullet Words: Poetic License To Kill and was surprised when it was slightly well received. He appeared as a radio guest promoting his poetry in a number of radio interviews and even a PBS half-hour special for TV. In addition, he began painting. This, like the poetry, was something brand new. In just a few years, he painted hundreds of 2-dimensional works (oils, acrylics, watercolors, pen and ink, pastels and mixed media). After just two years he had his first art show, had done several album covers and had paintings hanging in recording studios, radio stations and upscale restaurants in L.A. His music also began to change. He was now writing more avant-garde music with elaborate orchestrations. The days of rock seemed to be waning.

As the eighties were coming to a close, Marc’s friends began telling him his music was sounding very “Film Score-ish.” He was also composing works in the “classical” style, and realizing he was now in his late thirties, he hung up his rock spurs and made a decision. Following the advice of friends, he put the word out to see if he could meet anyone in the film business. Finally, about a year later it paid off. A friend of a friend of a friend hooked him up with Tamara Shad, an agent in the “biz.” Through Tammy, Marc ended up scoring a dozen films and a dozen TV shows/gigs over the ensuing five or six years. All of these projects made it to cable, some even to network TV. They include ESPN’S Hockey Player Magazine and CBS’s The Ben Stiller Show, and films such as The Last Dance, The Dark Backward and Psycho Cop II. Still, after five years or so, he felt that here too, he could not get over the hump and score that really ‘meaningful’ film. 

By 1995, Marc was tired of waiting. He decided once again to return to college for the third and final time. This time, his goal was music composition. Although he had written hundreds of songs and numerous film scores, he wanted to really understand the orchestra. He stayed in college for ten years, taking on a second major (Music Education) as he was finishing his Masters in Composition.

By 2001, he emerged with a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Music Composition, completed work on a Bachelor of Music Education degree as well as a California Teachers Credential. He won numerous awards and composition competitions, and graduated receiving the Outstanding Student Award from the music department.

Currently, Marc lives in L.A., has two grown children from his first marriage, Neil (a father of three) and Megan (mother of four!) and loves his seven grandchildren beyond description. He is working on two books, which will be posted and available on his site (when complete) in the near future. He recently celebrated his 25th year as a Lakers fan, His 50th as a Yankee fan, still loves pizza and still eats it.

Since 2000, Marc has been teaching music at the Elementary School level for the Los Angeles Unified School District. He is passionate about his work and finds it to be extremely rewarding. In 2007, in an attempt to get back to his own music, Marc entered into a partnership with friend and fellow teacher Ian Edmiston. They purchased a new studio, and with help from long time friend and engineer Phil Moore have begun to crank out the music. To showcase it, he decided a website would be the perfect place. He hopes to complete this vision by the end of 2008. The site is of course, MARCDAVIDDECKER.COM and when complete, will offer not only his new music, but additionally, his entire catalog of past work; more than forty music C.D.’s, 200-300 paintings and pen and inks, several books, a page for kids, one for teachers, thousands of photos, and even a page for video creations, such as screen savers, evironscapes and cosmic interviews with interesting people.



Music Educator for the Los Angeles Unified School District since 2000
Composer / Arranger / Songwriter / Playwright / Artist / Poet / Writer / Recording Artist / Bandleader / Music Producer / Music Publisher / Orchestral works / Chamber Music / Music of Pop Culture / Scores for Film / Records and Television.

•Single-Subject Teaching Credential, Music / June, 2003
•California State University, Northridge
•Master of Music Degree in Music Composition / June, 2001
•California State University, Northridge
•Completion of Bachelor of Arts in Music Education Program / June, 2001
•California State University, Northridge
•Bacheleor of Music Degree in Music Compostition / June, 1999
•California State University, Northridge

•2005 BRAVO AWARD, Honorable Mention
•Music Center Education Division
•Outstanding Graduate Student / CSUN Music Department, 2002
•Winner CSUN’s Composer Competition, 1999
•PI Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society
•Northwestern University, Inducte 1997
•Winner Los Angeles Valley College Composition Award, 1995
•Music Theorist of the Year, Los Angeles Valley College, 1995
•Tau Alpha Epsilon Honor Society, L.A.V.C., 1995

•United Teachers of Los Angeles
•Music Educators National Conference
•Broadcast Music Incorporated
•Associated Federation of Musicians
•Writers Guild of America / Amercian Poetrt Association
•Flying Hamburger Records / BIBA Records / Studacious Publishing


•ESPN: Hockey Player Magazine / Series / 1993
•Sensual Signals / Sersies of Commercials / 1993
•Showtime Network: Much Madness / 30 Minute Movie / 1994
•Showtime Network: Most Pleasuable Death / 30 Minute Movie / 1993
•The Ben Stiller Show / CBS Series / 1992
•Candi Cracker, P.I. / Playboy Channel Series / 1992
•For Comics Only / Comedy Central Series / 1991-92
•WWF Wrestling / Theme Songs for Lex Lugar and Road Warriors / 1988-89

•Bikini Squad / Dir. Valerie Brieman / Complete Music Score / 1995
•Psycho Cop 2 / Dir. Rif Coogan / Complete Music Score / 1994
•The Last Dance / Dir. Anthony Markes / Complete Music Score / 1993
•The Dark Backward / Dir. Adam Rifkin / Complete Music Score / 1991
•Evil Lives / Dir. Thunder Levin / Complete Music Score / 1991
•Bikini Island / Dir. Anthony Markes / Complete Music Score / 1991
•Invisible Maniac / Dir. Rif Coogan / Complete Music Score / 1990
•Princess Warrior / Dir. Lindsey Nordham / Complete Music Score / 1990
•Sisters / Dir. Adam Rifkin / Complete Music Score / 1989
•Faces of Torture / Dir. Larry Fox / Complete Music Score / 1989
•Rockula / Dir. Luca Bercovici / Main Title – 3 Features / 1989
•Kandyland / Dir. Robert Schnitzer / Feature Song / 1989


•Rock on Young Androids / CD / Flying Hamburger Records / 2008
•Visitation / CD / Flying Hamburger Records / 1986-2006
•You Are Electric To Me / LP / Biba Records / 1986
•Jawbreaker / LP / Biba Records / 1984
•Orphans and Outcasts / CD / Flying Hamburger Records / 1984-1987
•Different in Time / CD / Flying Hamburger Records / 1983
•Planet of the Punks / CD / Flying Hamburger Records / 1981
•Red Alert: A Space Rock-Opera / 1978
•Hollyweed / CD / Flying Hamburger Records / 1975

•Bikini Island / CD / Flying Hamburger Records / 1991
•Dark Backward / CD / Flying Hamburger Records / 1991
•Five Film Sampler / CD / Flying Hamburger Records / 1993
•Soul Mates / CD / Flying Hamburger Records / 1991
•Invisible Maniac / CD / Flying Hamburger Records / 1990

•Conversation with Milton / CD / Flying Hamburger Records / 2001
•Holy Mountain / CD / Flying Hamburger Records / 1998
•India / CD / Flying Hamburger Records / 2001
•Two Sextets / CD / Flying Hamburger Records / 2000

•Life 23/ CD / Flying Hamburger Records / 2006
•Cloudburst Summit / CD / Flying Hamburger Records / 2008
•I Like Blue Planet / CD / Flying Hamburger Records / 1990
•Brianalia / CD / Flying Hamburger Records / 1991
•Kid Tested / CD for Children / Flying Hamburger Records / 2002

•Red Alert: A Space Rock-Opera / 1978
•Planet of the Punks / 1987

•Bullet Words: Poetic License to Kill / Poetry and Short Stories / 1989
•Communications / Poetry and Music CD / 1993
•Winter Words / Poetry and Short Stories / 1991
•Jazz Speak / Contributing Poet / Poetry CD New Alliance Records / 1991


•Instruction In General Music and Vocal for Grades K-5
•Choral Director for Students in Grades 2-5
•Instrumental Music Instruction / Orchestra for Students in Grades 3-5
•Winter Show / Spring Dance
•Recording A CD in a Real Recording Studio (Chorus Members Only)
•Culmination (Graduation) Exercises
•School Musicals
•Instruction in Piano and Guitar as part of General Music Curriculum

•Instruction in Instrumental Music for Grades 4-5
•Choral Director for Students in Grades 4-5
•Winter Show / Spring Dance
•Culmination (Graduation) Excercises

•K-4 General Music and Vocal
•4th and 5th Grade Chorus
•Winter Show / Culmination (Graduation) Exercises
•Recording A CD in a Real Recording Studio (Chorus Memebers Only)
•Culmination (Graduation) Exercises

•K-3 General Music and Vocal
•4th and 5th Grade Chorus
•Winter Show / Culmination (Graduation) Exercises