In addition, Marshall has played woodwinds behind performers such as Stephanie Mills, Aretha Franklin, Melba Moore, The Four Tops, The Temptaions, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Johnny Mathis, Frankie Avalon, The Dells, and Manhattan Transfer.Marshall McDonald is an accomplished musician and a seasoned performer. He started clarinet studies at the age of 9 with Principal Clarinetist Thomas Thompson of The Pittsburgh Symphony at Carnegie-Mellon University, and continued with William Balawadjer of Carnegie-Mellon University for 6 years and for 2 years with Paris Conservatory graduate Nestor Koval at Duquesne University. He studied jazz and saxophone at University of Pittsburgh with Dr. Nathan Davis and continued his studies in New York City with Miles Davis alumnus, George Coleman. He has also studied sound and embouchure concepts with Joe Allard protege, Dave Tofani.
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