With a diverse background and skill set, Marc Rivet is an active accompanist, arranger, director, and educator. Originally from Raceland, Louisiana, Rivet graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2017 with a Bachelor’s in Music Education, Piano and Percussion, and a Percussion Performance. Since the age of 8, Rivet has had the opportunity to study music from wonderful educators, Dr. John Wooton, Dr. Lois Leventhal, Sarah Todd, and David Pellow. As a pianist at Southern Miss, Rivet performed solo literature, as well as accompanying, and performed in chamber ensembles, jazz bands, and large ensembles. As a percussionist, Rivet has performed with groups such as Crossmen (2012) and the World Champion Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps (2014 - 2016). Rivet also found success as a solo marimbist winning the 2014 William T Gower Concerto Competition and as a finalist in the 2016 Percussive Arts Society International Solo Marimba Competition.
Rivet has an active career as an educator and arranger, most notably within the marching arts. As an educator, Rivet has worked with groups such as Bluecoats, Oak Grove High School (2016 Silver Medalist WGI Scholastic Percussion A), South Jones High School (2019 Gold Medalist WGI Scholastic Open), Louisiana Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, Petal High School, and others. Has arranged for groups such as Oak Grove HS, South Jones HS, St. Tammany Parish Schools, and Stone HS.
After leaving the musical theatre scene after high school, Rivet was excited return as an accompanist and music director with organizations such as the University of Southern Mississippi Theatre and Dance Department and the Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera. In 2018, Rivet served as Chorus Master in HCLO’s production of Evita and as Music Director in their production of Mamma Mia! Serving as pianist and Music Director for USM’s production of Cabaret, Rivet re-orchestrated the music as a piano trio rather than the standard big band. Designing his own MainStage concerts, Rivet has played Keyboard 2 for shows such as Hairspray (Jones College) and Oliver (HCLO).
Marc Rivet lives in Hattiesburg, MS where he teaches Information and Computer Technology at Oak Grove Middle School.