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Marc Cherry, Inventor of the Mbrace


Marc Cherry, Inventor of the Mbrace

Marc  Cherry, a native of the Washington, DC area started his self-taught journey with the guitar at the age of ten, first performing at Washington's Mayflower Hotel at age twelve. In the 60's & 70's he played in various groups, including Windwater, an original material quintet who became a staple in the nightclub and concert scene in the metro area performing at such venues as Georgetown University and The Kennedy Center. Marc worked for over 20 years as the guitar, band instrument and recording accessories manager at The Washington Music Center in Wheaton, Maryland, one of the largest music retail stores in the world. During the time he worked there, he met Ted DeVita and his family. Ted, called by some "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble," lived in a special room at The National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Over those years Marc became Ted's guitar teacher, friend, and life student.

In 1982, performing as the Marc Cherry Group, Marc won the Rising Star competition sponsored by CBS affiliate WDVM TV for the show Morning Break hosted by Carol Randolph. He performed at Blues Alley and the Maryland Inn over the next several years. He also became a regular on Saturday Magazine, another CBS show. In 1983 he wrote, produced and performed the music video "Take It To The Top" filmed by Oversight Productions, which first aired on Music Video Connection and later on BET. The idea of his patented, user friendly, affordable walk up performers' guitar stand was born from Marc's real world studio, club and concert experiences. In 1994, he and his wife, artist Christy Cherry, moved to Tucson, Arizona where he was installed as General Manager at Rainbow Guitars. In that position he was instrumental in the production of four Christmas CDs to raise money for the Old Pueblo Children's Home. Together with world-renowned luthier, Brian Dunn and his wife Toni, Marc and Christy founded  C&D Innovative Solutions, the makers and distributors of the Mbrace guitar stand. The Mbrace is used and featured by performers around the world including the Roland display at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, California and  the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. Check out his solo CD "Strings Attached "at the link below:


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