Marice Stith received degrees from Capital University and Ohio State University and did additional study at Southern Illinois University, Syracuse University and Eastman School of Music. He taught eleven years in the public and parochial schools of Ohio and New York. In 1954 he became a Professor of Music and director of the Marching Band and Men’s Glee Club at Syracuse University. During his seven years there, he played trumpet in the Syracuse Symphony and the faculty brass quintet, played for many shows, circuses, and some thirty movie stars and recording artists, and conducted the Syracuse Wind Ensemble.
At Cornell University, Marice Stith was Professor of Music and Director of Bands from 1966-1989, taught brass instruments and a course in electronic music and recording technology, and recorded approximately twenty concerts per year for the Department of Music. Under his direction, the Cornell Wind Ensemble produced forty-two commercial recordings and nine trumpet recordings that were sold in forty-three countries. Professor Stith played in the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra under Karel Husa and gave trumpet recitals at Cornell, Syracuse University, and numerous other universities. He was a champion of new music and premiered over two-hundred works for wind ensemble, trumpet, brass ensembles and choirs—some by Robert Palmer and Karel Husa. Professor Stith’s final Cornell University Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, and Alumni Band concert was held in Carnegie Hall in May 1989.