He studied classical music and played with orchestras in the Portuguese Elizabeth area. He completed a degree majoring in composition and arrangement.
He was introduced to the trumpet at age eleven and started playing in his school band where he learnt to read and play. He was called up to the South African Defence Force"s Naval Band for National Service and during this time he developed his love for jazz. He furthered his music studies at the University of Cape Town"s College of Music.
In 2001, Marcus spent a year living in Amsterdam, during this time he met and played with Clarence Beckton, Eric Calmes, Fra Fra Sound, Monica Akihary, Paul Stocker and Bug Band, Sean Bergin, Tzetzepi Band and Red Hot Chili Peppers.