Rosen's first professional gig was at the age of 14.playing with a variety band called Sweet Thunder. They played all over the Midwest for several years. Rosen went to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a music major on the baritone saxophone and played with several of the jazz groups there. Over the years Rosen appeared with or opened for such greats as Urbie Green, Don Ellis, Bobby Rosengarden and Joe Williams.
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When aficionados think of baritone saxophonists, the ones who come to mind are of course Mulligan, Gary Smulyan, Bill Ramsey and now Marc Rosen.