Sherrie Maricle

Sherrie Maricle

Photo by Bill Westmoreland

Leader & drums

For musician Sherrie Maricle, her drum set is a real-life metaphor for her career. Just as playing the drums requires coordinating four limbs at the same time, Maricle’s career coordinates successes as a jazz artist, composer, music director and teacher.

From the drum set Maricle leads her big band DIVA, her quintet FIVE PLAY and The DIVA Jazz Trio. From Carnegie Hall, she performs with The New York Pops and from celebrated stages everywhere, she is the music director for Broadway star Maurice Hines. As a teacher Sherrie has created and runs the Musical Magic hospital outreach program for The Ronald McDonald House New York. She also operates a private drum set and percussion studio, serves as a conductor for The New York Summer Festival and is an active clinician for Yamaha Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Aquarian Drum Heads and Vic Firth Drum Sticks. Sherrie is also a busy freelance performer and a published composer/arranger.

With her three bands Sherrie has performed at many of the world’s most acclaimed music venues and major jazz festivals throughout the United States and abroad. DIVA has been featured on the soundtrack for NBC’s 2014 Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular; on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood; and on TCM’s televised broadcast of the 25th Anniversary of the Kennedy Center. In 2009 Sherrie and her trio were guests on Marian McPartland’s world-renowned NPR show Piano Jazz, and in 2012 DIVA was featured prominently in the award-winning film The Girls in the Band.

Sherrie has received several awards and honors which include a 2013 Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Music Direction, Resident Production for Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life at Arena Stage, the 2009 Mary Lou Williams-Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Award, a 2013 State Department grant for FIVE PLAY to tour Vietnam, a tour grant from Arts International, The Kennedy Center Alliance Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Arts, a grant from Meet the Composer, a Doctoral Fellowship from New York University, the 2006 New York City Music Educator’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Music Education, and was selected New York University “Music Teacher of the Year” in both 1997 and 2000.

After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1985 from Binghamton University Sherrie moved to New York City and attended New York University, where she completed a Masters of Arts in Jazz Performance in 1986 and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Jazz Performance/Composition in 2000.

DIVA’s most recent recording, A Swingin’ Life (2014, MCG Label) was recorded live at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and features vocal giants Nancy Wilson and Marlena Shaw. DIVA, FIVE PLAY and The DIVA Jazz Trio have released a total of 20 CDs that can be found & heard on the recordings page of our website. Some of Maricle’s additional individual recording credits include The Time BeingCookin’ on All Burners, DedicationSherrie Maricle & Friends “LIVE,” and numerous CDs with The New York Pops.

“Maricle drove the evening’s music along with a contained fury of the power plant of a nuclear submarine…”
Hamilton Spectator

“[Sherrie Maricle] is an incredibly gifted drummer who has super human technique combined with first class musicianship…”
Saxophone Journal

“She worked her way around the drums as both a rock-steady time keeper and dynamic soloist…”
Binghamton Press

“Maricle’s lively inventive chops proved that not all straight-ahead drummers are mere time keepers…”

“[Sherrie Maricle] has always had the power to burn, but during her years in New York she has developed the subtle side of her technique, employing dynamics to whisper as well as roar…”
Binghamton Press

“Thanks for Burt Korall’s well-written and much-deserved feature article about Sherrie Maricle [December ’03 MD]. As one can clearly determine from the article, Sherrie is an extremely hard-working drummer on and off the stage. She transforms this work ethic into a very dynamic stage performance.

Several years ago, Sherrie worked with high school musicians at a three-day jazz festival sponsored by our local community college. The culmination of this festival was a concert by Sherrie’s band, DIVA. Sherrie’s performance as a drummer was commanding, but equally impressive was her ability to get the most out [of] these young high school musicians. She is not only an accomplished musician, but also a gifted educator and role model.”
Scott A. Bell, Mason City, IA