Marvin F. Cockrell has devoted his entire life to music. He began his career as a young child. Influenced by the sounds of Sonny Stitts, Oscar Peterson and Ramsey Lewis echoing off his father's record player, he became immersed in music, which continued throughout his life. At the age of 13 he organized his first band in his garage. At age 16 Marvin was the organist for his church and played his first wedding. He studied band in high school and received a bachelor's degree in music at Western Illinois University in 1978. During college he studied saxophone, but eventually went back to his passion-the piano. Marvin received his master's degree in music in 1979 and subsequently taught music in the East St. Louis, IL School District, ushering many students into the field of music. He is currently the band director at Lincoln Middle School in East St. Louis, IL.
Marvin has never left or forgotten his Gospel roots. He has been a strong fixture in the St. Louis Church community for over 24 years and currently serves as pianist and organist at Greater Mount Carmel Baptist Church. As one of the musicians for the Progressive National Baptist Convention in the summer of 2002, he was recorded on a Gospel CD compilation.
Marvin's style of music has no boundaries His multi-talents have also afforded him the opportunity to perform solo piano at hotels in St. Louis, Chicago, San Antonio, New Orleans, Dallas and other cities.
In addition to headlining an annual smooth jazz concert at the Bistro, hosted by Fermata Entertainment, Marvin has performed for such organizations as the Professional Organization for Women, Top ladies of Distinction, St. Alban Country club, and the United Way.
In August of 2004, Marvin F. Cockrell and his band Focus released their “HEAT” CD. “Heat” is hot, powerful, full of energy, yet smooth.