With an entertaining background of over 40 years, Marie loves sharing the versatility of the flute with a wide range of audiences. Marie welcomes questions from audience members and loves hearing heart-warming stories about how music has touched lives. She enjoys helping others learn about the flute.
For instance, recently, an audience member asked how she played two different notes without moving her fingers. Marie explained about airflow direction and octave changes to the listener's delight.
Marie performs at events such as retirement community celebrations, private parties, weddings, corporate events and hospitality venue entertainment.
I really wanted a solo flutist for our ceremony and was very happy to find Marie with all her experience. We had multiple phone calls in the months before to finalize the music pieces- we wanted all classical. Marie arrived early, was dressed appropriately and played beautifully! She is a friendly professional musician and we are so appreciate her being part of our day.
Response from Marie Buckner:
Thank you for this very kind review, Emily. I just sent another message before opening your wonderful review comment. I am honored to have been your musician of choice to celebrate your perfect day. Enjoy...
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 30 - 120 minutes
What to Expect
I customize playlists to fit client's needs. We would discuss what tunes are preferred. I have a wide range of genres available to suit most needs.
I can entertain via music or storytelling combined with music. My attire is based on the event. I am flexible.
I require a 15-minute break for every hour of entertainment. 5-10 minutes for every 30 minutes.
Started playing a musical instrument (flutophone) in 2nd grade. (It's also known as a recorder.) This instrument helped us learn to coordinate flute-playing technique with music reading. Its goal was to prepare us (me) for my "real" instrument, which I got in 4th grade.
I still remember every other band member making all kinds of sounds with their new instruments, except for us flutists. You can't just blow into a flute, you know. We needed a tutor to help us develop our embouchure. It gave me a greater appreciation for this wonderful instrument.
I practiced three hours a day, six days a week during my school years. It takes determination, perseverance, and time to learn to play a flute and be in a school band. While friends were out playing, I was practicing. It began with classical music. I don't regret a minute of it, though. It all comes together in the form of music.
Member of symphony, pep, concert and marching bands throughout life. Currently entertain as a soloist, orchestra, and community band member to share the joy of music.
Additional Booking Notes
I require ample lighting and a comfortable staging area. Very basic, yet efficient.
I provide my own sound system, if needed.
Past Booked Events
|September 02, 2017 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|December 19, 2015||Holiday Party (Christmas)|
Depends on my host's preferences. Many like me to play traditional classics like Always or Amazing Grace as background music during celebrations of life.
I have a variety of holiday tunes that fit in perfectly with special celebrations. .
For those preferring classical music, I have a variety of Mozart, Brahms, and other favorites available.
Many hire me for children's events like princess parties and/or birthday celebrations. Public domain music always suits the bill.
I also entertain at mother/daughter tea parties, afternoon tea gatherings, and other similar events. Once again, music is customized to my host's preferences.
I entertain at corporate events, red hat parties, small home gatherings, and a variety of other events where flute's soothing sounds fit in perfectly.
Influences & Inspiration
Acts? Hmmm...that rules out mom, grandma, dad, and other family members. They all encouraged me, but didn't play an instrument.
WAIT...there's my great grandfather! He played a MEAN harmonica. I remember sitting around his wheelchair when I was a tot just listening to him jam away. What a blast!
Other influences: Doc Severinson, Mitch Miller, Bob Seger, Glen Miller, Mr. Ericson (junior high band director), Mr. Kitzman (high school band director), Sousa, Mozart, Brahms, college fight songs, George M. Cohan, Irving Berlin, Burl Ives, many others.
Performance area for setting up stand
Enough room to comfortably play my flute
Bench, chair, or other piece to hold beverage
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