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Marv Reitz was warned by his music teacher father not to be a jack of all trades and a master of none. But Marv thought his true choice was being a jack of all trades or a jack of one, and so he learned to play a lot of instruments and musical styles. He plays sax, clarinet, guitar, steel guitar (badly), and sings. A molecular biologist/virologist by profession, Marv has nightlifed on the Washington, DC, music scene for 45 years. He was an original member of Doc Scantlin’s Imperial Palms Orchestra and now leads the Paramount Jazz Orchestra, a 10 piece ’20s and ‘30s band, and Swing Underground, a 17-piece swing big band. He also plays with the Big Bang Big Band, the Buffalo Nickel Band, a western swing-oriented sextet, and Vladimir and the Reitz Stuff, a Dixieland/swing trio. He and his wife share a vast and varied repertoire of music. He can be heard with the Sunshine Skiffle Band on Rounder and on Patuxent Music with the Buffalo Nickel Band and Razz’em Jazz’em.

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