Composing and Songwriting team TRACEY and VANCE MARINO create a wide variety of music with a little edge for film and TV.

Their specialty is writing Location Music which sets a scene. They write interesting arrangements, catchy themes, and provide a quick turnaround.

Film placements include: A circus song, "Carnival Lights," in the Disney/Touchstone Pictures film "The Last Song," starring Miley Cyrus and Greg Kinnear; a mariachi song, "No Snow In Mexico," in "Goats," starring David Duchovny, Keri Russell, and Ty Burrell; and a classical piece in "RockBarnes: The Emperor In You."

TV placements include: NBC's "The Voice," ABC's "Happy Endings," FOX's "New Girl"; "The Dr. Oz Show," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Last Call with Carson Daly," "Access Hollywood," MTV's "Made," among many others.

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Tracey and Vance Marino, a composing and songwriting team, met in 1995. One night, at a concert at the famous Belly Up Tavern in San Diego, they started talking after they realized they had been stood up by each of their dates.

It soon became obvious that they could learn from -- and work with -- each other's various musical backgrounds, and they've been composing, producing, and performing together ever since.

Tracey, a singer, keyboardist, and classically trained pianist (studied with Grammy winner Earl Wild and Composer/Conductor/Concert Pianist & Julliard grad Maestro John Garvey) is originally from Boston, Massachusetts.

Vance, a singer, bassist, and seasoned lead rock, blues, and country guitarist, is originally from Oahu, Hawaii, and studied music at Kamehameha School and Leeward College.

Last year, their song "Carnival Lights" was placed in the Disney /Touchstone Pictures film "The Last Song" by Nicholas Sparks, starring Miley Cyrus and Greg Kinnear.

In August 2009, the Marino's were signed as composers for Studio 51, which provides music for Harpo Productions, Oprah Winfrey's company.

They've had numerous placements in the "Oprah Winfrey Show," "Dr. Oz Show," and the "Nate Berkus Show."

The Marinos have had hundreds of music placements in film, TV, video games, broadcast commercials, websites, film trailers, and theatre productions. They also have four children's holiday songs in print by Piano Press.

They're regular contributing columnists for music newsletters and have been panelists or lecturers for several songwriting and composing groups in San Diego and Los Angeles.

Tracey and Vance are also judges for the San Diego County Fair's wildly popular annual "Musicpalooza" contest since its inception in 2009.

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i like your new picture--cheers--joe.

Hello Tracey and Vance. I don't believe we have actually met, but I am a fellow member of the San Diego Songwriters Meetup Group. Good to see you on Broadjam.

Anthony Monteleone (The Spermatochords)

swamp boogie---i love it!! might go on america's most funniest video show--ha ha--see ya--joe.

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Thanks, NashvilleJoe! You made our weekend! ~ T&V

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