Marty Mardirosian - Drums

One of the founding members - and the "M" in M&R Rush - Marty Mardirosian's style is hard hitting on stage and off. Born in March, in Chicago, Mardirosian's fate as a drummer was sealed at the age of 9, when he had the opportunity to play legendary drummer Gene Krupa's drums after a performance. Their paths crossed for an instant, but like Krupa, Mardirosian would also become known for his "driving drum style and dynamic sense of showmanship."

Mardirosian's roots as a drummer span three generations and date back to grade school, where he met Roger Hirtz -- the "R" in M&R Rush in little league -- and in 1970 formed the band M&R Rush, the first and only band for both. Mardirosian's competitive nature has contributed to his success on and off the stage. His determination as a high school wrestler earned second place honors in the city of Chicago finals. In 1970 he considered a career in politics after being chosen to be Chicago's "Mayor for a Day" by the late Mayor Richard J. Daley.

Mardirosian holds a bachelor of science degree in Personnel Management from DePaul University -- knowledge that has proven invaluable in negotiating deals in the entertainment industry and building his own successful career.

Known for his wild but precise chops - and signature bubble gum -Mardirosian developed his own unmistakable style of high energy, highly polished drumming.Marty plays a Custom Kit made for him by Beat Boogie Drums, Rogers drums, Zildjian Cymbals and Chews BUBBLICIOUS GUM!!


The following endorsement is from the "Beat Boogie Quality Drums" official myspace page.....

Beat Boogie Quality Drums proudly endorses M&R Rush drummer and friend Marty Mardirosian. M&R Rush had its beginnings in the early 70's and the band is currently on their Ready...Set...Rock!!! 2015 Tour. With over 40 years experience in performing and releasing multiple albums, Marty brings a wealth of talent and experience to the M&R table.

Marty, with a traditional drum style and approach has added a beautiful Birch wood drum set to his roster of custom & vintage equipment. ROCK & ROLL CHICAGO & BEYOND! Longtime friend and fellow drummer Steve Crabtree and the Beat Boogie Drum line wish Marty continued success and we are honored to receive his stamp of approval.


DRUMS                   CYMBALS

A. 14 x  5 SD                1.14" New Beat Hi-Hat
B.  8 x  6 TT                 2. 8" Splash
C. 10 x  8 TT                3. 16" Medium Crash
D. 12 x  8 TT                4. 18" Medium Crash
E. 13 x  9 TT                 5. 10" Chinese  
F. 18 x 16 TT                6. 21" Medium Ride (100 years old*) 

M&R Questions & Answers

Marty Mardirosian

Band Instrument:
Tubs - DRUMS.

What Do You Enjoy About Playing in M&R Rush:
The friendship and creativity of the music.

What Do You Think Audience Remembers About M&R Rush:
Rocking Music and having fun!

Favorite Movie:

All the Austin Powers Movies

Safe House

Good Fellas

Caddy Shack

Favorite Bird:
Wood Pecker - Great Rhythm!!!!

What People Say About You:
Mr. Positive - Always half full not half empty.

Favorite Artists Past and Present:
Yes, Genesis, Don Henley

Disc or Player in the Player Right Now:
Lots of Beatles and Joe Walsh - Analog Man

If You Knew This Question Was Going To Be Asked What Would You Have In The Player:
M&R Rush CD - Alpha Do you have it?

What You Want People To Say About You:
Not bad -- for a Drummer

Favorite Foods:

What You Most Often End Up Eating:

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up:
I haven't figured that out yet!! I am still growing up!!!!!!!

Place Of Birth:
Chicago IL - Roseland - Earl of Roseland (STYX)

Interests, Hobbies, Outside Of M&R Rush:
My Family - - Listening to all kinds of music - Golf - sitting in my favorite chair.

What Car Do You Wish You Owned:
Green Chevy Vega!!! Please buy all of  our CD's so I can pay for it.

Favorite Beverage:
Milk - You got to be kidding.

Favorite Beer:
Any IPA with lots  of HOPS!

Favorite Cocktail:
Rum and "Diet" Coke with a twist of Lime

First Rock Album:
Beatles First Album

Your Former Bands:
The Mod Squad - The Empty Box - Many Many Years ago - Both with Roger - He was the lead singer.

Most Disturbing Thing You've Seen During Your Years Of Playing:
John getting blamed for a car accident that happened while we were playing a show and he was on stage not in his car driving!!!!.

How Long Have You Been Playing Your Instrument:
50 years - I can't be that old - I don't feel that old!!

Favorite M&R Rush Song:
Working For The Man and You Touched My Heart - Should have been a hit!! Yes I know it is a ballad.

Last Concert You Saw:
The Eagles - Keith Urban

Favorite Concert:
Genesis / Don Henley

Summer - Hot and Sunny - Why do I still live in Chicago Land???????

Movies You Recommend:
Caddy Shack - I know it is old.
Mystic River
Also one of my all time favorites - Water Boy
Weirdest Movie - The Dentist or The Secretary

Regular or Decaff Coffee:

How Do You Take Your Coffee:
HOT!  with Cream

What Your Band Mates Say About You:

Favorite Sports Team:
Cubs - I know - Wait Until Next Year.

What You Watch On TV:
Not Much - But I love Larry David!!!

Why You Play The Instrument You Play:
Best instrument to play - Love To Beat Them!!!!!

What You Would Play If You Had To Choose a Different Instrument:
BONGOS - HA! My youngest son Kurtis has become a great Conga - bongo player.

Favorite Color:
Blue - M&R Rush's color.

Biggest Disappointment:
Not selling millions of records.

I have a few:
How's it Hanging? (My Dad's & Kurt's Favorite)
Never Say Never
It ain't over until the fat lady sings                                                                                                                   Half Full  not Half Empty

Most Embarrassing On-Stage Moment:
Falling off the drum riser and the stage - during the opening song and pulling down the backdrop and drum lights.

Your Heritage:
Armenian - Even though everyone thinks I am Italian.

What Do You Miss From Your Youth:
Always having time to play!!!!!

Favorite Day Of The Week:
Every day I wake up!!

Artist You Admire, But Do Not Listen TO:
Bruce Springstein.

Coke or Pepsi:

Paper or Plastic:
Plastic - Actually like Glass over both.

Most Obscure Artist You Enjoy Listening To:
Gentle Giant - Anybody remember them. If so drop me an email at

Artists People Would Be Surprised You Like:
Bonnie Raitt and Alanis Morisette

Magazines You Enjoy:
Modern Drummer, Selling Power

Ever Traveled Out Of The Country, Where:
Yes - Germany, Costa Rico, Mexico, Puerto Rico

Mustard or Ketchup:

Brothers and Sisters:
Two Sisters - Gail and Leslie (The youngest - Ha!)

If You Went To A Casino, What Would You Play:
I was just in Vegas - Mainly slots.

Your Dream House:
One with a bigger music room - I do like the new color in our current music room - Pumpkin!!!!!

Leno or Lettermen:
Letterman - Also I like Leno's replacement Jimmy Fallen.

Your Sign:
The Fish

Skill That Most Aren't Aware Of:
Really good with numbers.

Musical Guilty Pleasure (Like It But Embarrassed To Admit It):
Blink 182 - Also I like to paradiddle. If you know what I mean give me an email at

Favorite Vacation Destination:
Cancun, Florida & Colorado

Eye Color:

Left or Right Handed:
Right but I can do different things at the same time with all my limbs. I am suppose to be able to do this - I am a drummer.

PC Or Mac:
PC - Jeff likes a Mac - It's in his studio at "The Studio"

How Do You Like Your Eggs:
Over Easy

Favorite Dessert:
Banana Cream Pie or Chamborg straight up

Steak Or Fish:
Steak - Filet

How Do You Like Your Steak:
Medium Rare

Morning Or Night:

High School Sports:
Baseball, Wrestling.

Dreams - In Color Or Black and White:
Black & White. Once in a while a good one will be in color. Hey that was a good album by Cheap Trick!

No One Will Buy our latest CD - "Alpha". Buy it in on our website or in the mail. PLEASE!!!!!! While your there you might as well buy the NEW single"HEAVY METAL CHRISTMAS".

Life On Other Planets:
God only knows.

What is this question in here for?

Dog - My Puggle named Hazel 

Favorite Things:
Being with Family, Friends and playing those drums.

Ideal Amount Of Sleep:
I need more than I get!!

Do You Still Own Any Albums:
About 500 - Betsy always tries to talk me in throwing them out!! NEVER

Bio Addition: Interview - Marty Mardirosian
This is the first in a series if interviews with members of M&R Rush talking in depth about their music.

Hello Marty,

Let's start with your kit. You play vintage Rogers drums from about 1982 although your snare drum is a Tama.
My first drum kit was an old Kent set that was my Dad's. It was a three piece set which I added a floor tom- tom after about a year of playing the drums. I was eight years old. For my eighth grade graduation present I picked out a brand new Rogers set. A blue sparkle five piece set. Man, did I think I was cool with those 2 high toms. It was just like "Dave Clarks Five" drum set. Interesting enough I bought the set from Art Baldacci the drummer from Heartsfield. After using that set for many years - about 10 - I purchased a silver metallic 9 piece with 6 toms.  Due to many years on the road I retired  my Rogers Kit and now I am enorsed by "Beat Boogie"  Drums.  They built me a beautiful custom  Birch Wood 7 piece set.  It was built for me by the Founder & President - My good friend Steve Crabtree.  

What kind of hardware do you use? For the non-drummers in the audience, hardware in the type of stands that hold the drums and cymbals.
I have swithced from individual stands to a rack system built by PDA.

Drum heads, sticks and pedals?
I use a Tama Legend single bass pedal and Pearl Hit Hat Stand. I use 5A Pro Mark sticks and switch between Remo Pin Stripe heads & Evans Blue Hydraulic heads for the toms and bass drum. On the snare I use a traditional white coated Ambassador head.

Who influenced you as a drummer?
My Dad was my first influence. Did you know that we have 3 generations of Drummers in the Mardirosian family? Many jazz drummers and rock drummers. The jazz drummers were Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, and Louie Bellson. Rock drummers were Carl Palmer (ELP), Danny Seraphine (Chicago), Keith Moon (The Who) and Steve Gadd to name a few.

Are there any Chicago land drummers today that you believe to be exceptional?
This is a very political question being from many to mention!!! HA!!! But I will go on a limb here.... There is a young man out of Dyer IN. named Kevin son... Who impresses the heck out of me...he is not only getting faster and faster (he had a good teacher) his funkiness and his ability to lay down syncopated rhythms is fantastic. Another one that is really impressing me is his brother Kurtis Mardirosian  - he is quickly becoming an accomplished percussionist. You should hear them jam together in the Mardirosian Music Room. Sometimes I scratch my head and say "How did they do that'!!!!

In your opinion who are the top drummers playing today?
Lately I have been listening to and really enjoying the drummer in Dream Theatre.

How about top drummers of all time?
I still enjoy listening to Bill Bruford (original Yes Drummer). What a fantastic syncopated drummer. Him along with Steve Copeland from the Police.

I noticed that in your solo's you combine some of the snare drum work from old big band/jazz drummers like Krupa, Rich, Bellson. etc. and the showmanship and theatrics of Rock drummers - especially, the big band/jazz stuff earlier in your career.
Well you hit it right on the head ( Drum Head)! I consider myself a jazz drummer who likes to rock. That comes from some of my formal drum training from DePaul University. I was brought up on learning all the rudiments. I am glad that you enjoy some of my theatrics behind the drums...we can thank Keith Moon for that...

Are there any other musicians (not drummers) that you admire?
Oh yeah... John Lennon, Paul McCarthy, George Harrison, Peter Gabriel, Frank Zappa, Peter Cetera, Dennis DeYoung, Joe Walsh and all my great friends in M&R Rush. The list goes on and on........

What were the last bands or musicians you recently seen play?
Seen Don Henley, Yes and Dream Theatre at the Star Plaza - I love that place - the sound is unbelievable. I am spoiled from seeing people at that place. To the point that it is really the only place I like to go. I am happy to say that M&R Rush finally played at the Star Plaza on October 2. We participated in a benefit concert along with six other Chicago bands. It was presented by Midwest Beat Magazine, Star Plaza Theatre & X-Rock 103.9FM and all the proceeds from the concert benefited The American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund. Other artists performing along with us at the "Chicago Classics To The Rescue" concert included Carl Giamarese & members of The Buckinghams, The Cryan Shames, Ronnie Rice of the New Colony Six, Heartsfield, Dirty Dan Buck & The Boyzz and the Deep River Band. It was great seeing all our friends from the past. Also I stuck around when we played with REO Speedwagon a few weeks back at Hammond Fest - they can still rock!

Do you enjoy the Theater?
Yes I do but it is more for the appreciation of the craft. My wife and I don't get to many shows. Maybe when I quit rockin' we will get to more shows.

Briefly tell me your thoughts on these other genres of music:
I appreciate and respect all musicians no matter what type of music it is. Mostly my CD collection is made up of Rock, Jazz, Funk and Blues.

Country - I listen to it a lot because my wife Betsy likes it.
Blues - Love BB King - the "Thrill Is Gone" - Maybe that influenced the name of our last CD "The Thrill Of The Chase"
Classical - Real musicians!!!!! Amazing stuff.
Rap or hip hop - Respect it but I don't own any CD's!

Before I let you go, please tell me what CD's you have recently listened to at home or in the car (be honest)?
Our good friend Chip just gave us all a copy of his last 2 CD's from his band Enuff Z'nuff. The last 2 days that is all I have been listening to in my car. Also another local band called Groovatron has been getting a lot of airplay in my Car. Both of my sons - Kevin and Kurt are big fans and they turned me on to them. That is what music is all about...

Thanks for asking the questions!!!