Born and raised in Biggar, Saskatchewan, Marc Holt began playing music at a young age, starting with piano and later adding electric and bass guitars and then the saxophone (bari & alto) which he eventually chose to pursue as a post-secondary education. In 2008, Marc moved to Saskatoon to attend the University of Saskatchewan. In the spring of 2014, he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Music.
In Saskatoon Marc has played with a variety of groups including the U of S Jazz Ensembles, Saxophone Choir, Concert Band, and Wind Orchestra, the Bassment Big Band, Memory Lane: A Tribute to the 40’s, 50’s & 60’s, and the Drew Tofin Big Band. Marc has also played with various Saxophone Quartets and Quintets, the Toon Town Big Band, and various other groups in and around Saskatoon. He has recorded with the U of S Jazz Ensemble, the Drew Tofin Big Band and Saskatoon band Between the Lines.
Currently Marc is freelancing as a performer and teaching. His main project right now is the Marc Holt Quintet; these young and talented jazz musicians play private and public events as well as being featured at local establishments such as Prairie Ink and Bon Temps restaurant. In January 2014, the Marc Holt Quintet released a 3 track EP entitled ‘The Majestic Sessions.’ The group made their full band debut (after several shows as a trio or quartet) at the 2014 Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival.
In October 2013 Marc was asked to take part in a new initiative called the Saskatchewan Emerging Cultural Leaders Exchange Program. Over the course of a year the 13 participants along with mentors discussed a variety of topics related to being an Emerging Cultural Leader. Marc was able to discuss relevant issues with other young artists and gain a better understanding of the job of being a musician and artist in Saskatchewan.