Born in Ancon, Panama, Lisa Marie Baratta had to move many times due to her father's naval career. In order to make friends quickly shegot involved in plenty of activities. In 6th grade she decided to learn clarinet in the band. In 7th, she took up the alto sax in jazz band, did musical theater and the choir. At 16, she took lessons with Tony DeVicentes who helped her to realize her love of music. Lisa Marie pursued her music at UCLA with Gary Gray, who brought the realities of the music life to the forefront. Unaware of how difficult to succeed and how diverse a musician must be, she almost quit after her first year in college. But with determination, plenty of practice, and adding flute/piccolo/alto flute and soprano/tenor/bari sax, she finished herBA in 1991 winning many scholarships and competitions along the way. After graduating, Lisa Marie took lessons from Gary Foster, Geoff Nudell, and Don Raffell, and gained much experience playing in groupssuch as, the Conejo Symphony Orchestra, Maiden Voyage, SantaBarbara Civic Light Opera and many more. At this time she began todabble in writing her own songs. She moved to the Bay Area in 1995 and got her MA degree at SJSU in 1997, studying with Bill Trimble, Isabelle Starr, and Janet Averet. She plays for Corner Pocket, Black Tie Orchestra, TheatreWorks, PCLO,Westin Theater, and many more. She has played for such places as Kimball's East, the Masonic Auditorium, and Davies Hall. After she completed writing 10 songs, she got together with Don Turney and DKS productions to finish her debut CD 'Struttin'' in the Dec. Of 2000.
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