The Mars Trio

The Mars Trio was formed in 2004 by bass player Alejandro Arenas, drummer Mark Feinman and saxophonist Richard Van Voorst. At the time, all three were students at the University of South Florida in the Jazz program. The group began by playing together for the purpose of researching, studying, and learning new music, but soon a passion sparked among the members as they discovered the freedom and adventurous nature of the acoustic trio orchestration. The trio found itself in high demand and thus solidified itself as a working band in the West Florida area, while developing into a passionate artistic endeavor for the members.

In August of 2007, Steve Davis stepped into the drum chair and the group took a new turn. While still keeping the original principals of the group intact, the different approach that Steve brought to the table took the group in new directions in improvisation, interaction, as well as some new and interesting repertoire. Following a short hiatus in 2008, the trio reformed in 2009 with drummer and composer Jose Cochez joining the group. Jose brings a fresh approach with an emphasis on spontaneity and conversation between the musicians.

The Group Performs many different styles of music from Be Bop, Hard Bop, and Modern Jazz to show tunes, as well as pop or Classical tunes with a jazz twist. You might hear music from Cole Porter, Rogers and Hammerstein, and Miles Davis, as well as The Police, Jimmy Buffett, and Van Morrison.

The Mars Trio plays restaurants, clubs, private parties, concerts and festivals and more. We can perform and tailor any type of music for any event, in any space. The repertoire is tailored to meet any and all needs, and we work closely with each employer to develop the desired ideal experience for our audience.

The Mars Trio is a also proponent of new music and always welcomes original compositions and arrangements from composers desiring to have their music performed.

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