Marie Downes has been a Band Director for 21 years, mostly in the Jersey City Public Schools. She holds a B.A. Degree in classical performance on trumpet and music education from William Paterson University. Marie plays and teaches all brass and woodwind instruments as well as guitar. She has taught high school marching band, concert band, jazz band, middle school band, and guitar ensemble. Marie has performed with various brass ensembles, concert bands, and theater orchestras. She is an active member of the Bridgemen Drum and Bugle Corp and has performed, received awards, and won championships with numerous drum corps including her time as trumpet player for the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps as well as Drum Major and Mellophone player for the Buschwackers.