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Staff Spotlight

Marissa Raczynski


This week, we present our resident double-reed player, Marissa. In her near-year at The Music Den, she's gone from Gear Specialist to one of our valued Rental Associates, as well as our only one crazy enough to test bassoons. She spends her days here processing your rental contracts, answering your questions you may have along the way. From time to time though, you can still spot her with her sleeves rolled up, helping out the sales staff when they're in need of her expertise. She comes to us with a Bachelor's in Multidisciplinary Studies, with minors in Music Performance, Arts Administration, and History from West Virginia University. Locally in the various circles of musicians, she's the VP and principle bassoonist with The Franklin Band, Stone Soup Symphony, the Jefferson Community Band, and plays tenor saxophone with the Jefferson Community Jazz Band. She lists as her personal achievements : "I can play the intro to Stairway to Heaven on guitar, and I performed with the WVU Wind Symphony in their debut performance at Carnegie Hall." Her other hobbies and interests include knitting, hiking, kayaking, trying horrible beer, and collecting vinyl albums. We hired her knowing that she didn't have a beard, but we were told in her interview that her bassoon, Fox Mulder, will often sport a Van Dyke for the more formal gigs she plays. We found this to be acceptable.

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