A lot of kids dream of being a rockstar at some point in their lives, and a lucky few are able to make their dreams happen. For Marc Lyle, a senior at Rolla High School, his dream is getting closer every day.

A lot of kids dream of being a rockstar at some point in their lives, and a lucky few are able to make their dreams happen. For Marc Lyle, a senior at Rolla High School, his dream is getting closer every day.

People may have seen Marc drum at different events around the area, and with his current band, Disorderly Conduct. He’s been drumming from a young age, and his parents and teachers have watched him grow not only as a musician, but as a person.

“When I was a little kid I was always banging on pots and pans, and for the longest time, I just wanted a drum set,” said Marc. His parents signed him up for lessons when he was eight years-old. Within a year, they had purchased an electronic drum set for him to play with at home.

“That’s when I totally fell in love,” Marc said.

Marc’s drum teacher, former touring musician Marty Munz, said he recognized Marc’s talent right away.

“He was exceptional from the very beginning,” said Munz. “A lot of natural talent, but mostly just a passion. This kid loved to play drums—his whole life was drums and the desire to improve.”

Munz said that Marc was an “advanced beginner”, and was impressed with what he was able to play with very little training. What impressed Munz even more though, was Marc’s work ethic and desire to learn.

“It’s obvious there was a gift there,” said Munz. “With the passion driving behind it, there’s no stopping him. It’s endless what he can do. Obviously, with the music industry, you’ve got to be in the right place at the right time, but with his love of playing, his willingness to learn, his enthusiasm and passion, he could take it all the way to the top.”

Munoz himself holds a Bachelor’s degree in music performance from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, and served as one of the biggest influences on Marc.

“He was the guy who showed me what it means to be a drummer,” Marc said. Along with John Slowensky, the director for the Rolla High School Band, they taught Marc how to play with confidence and advance as a musician.

“They’ve shown me how to work hard at something and improve myself,” Marc said. He explained how he used be “really quiet and shy”, admitting that he sometimes still is; but learning and performing with the drums has helped make him a more confident and open individual.

“The fact that I was a super shy kid—and now I’m ready to go out into the world,” he mused, “it’s changed me as a person.”

With graduation approaching, Marc plans to purse a career as a professional drummer. With the blessing of his parents and teachers, he’s already managed to make a bit of a name for himself. Marc’s father, Michael Lyle, spoke about how Marc began getting noticed as a musician.

“The Route 66 Summerfest was really his coming out as a drummer,” Michael said. “He tried out for the drum competition and he’d never played in front of everyone—even his mom and dad.” Marc placed second in the drumming competition, competing against grown men who’d been playing 20 to 30 years; but the real prize was the attention Marc received after the show.

Michael Lyle explained how two bands had members watching in the crowd during the competition. They approached Marc afterwards to ask if he was currently playing for anyone. Marc was invited to get onstage with the bands, leading to opportunities such as playing at the Lake Amphitheater, opening for Aaron Lewis, who has seven albums to his own name.

“We only had a 40 minute set and it felt like it went by in 20 seconds,” said Marc.

Marc plans on trying to find a way to tour as fast as possible after graduation, and according to him and his dad, have already spoken to a few bands about auditioning. Until then, Marc’s work ethic keeps him practicing, making sure the house is constantly filled with the sound of drumming.

“My wife and I have not watched a movie since he was nine years old,” his father joked.

Marc said he practices for two to three hours, seven days a week, constantly working on improving or  just passing the time.

“It’s always the best feeling in the world when you’re working at something and you can’t get it, and then you do and it sounds awesome,” Marc said. “That’s what kept me going.”

Marc added he may still go to college in the future to further his education, but wants to take advantage of the opportunity while he’s young.

“I would hope to be able to travel with bands and make a living while playing for different crowds—not staying in the same area,” he explained. “The end goal is to make a comfortable living off drums.”

Marc is using social media to get his name out there while he’s still in school, and his drum covers can be found on Youtube under “Marc Lyle Drums.” Fans and supporters can see him there or around the area as he continues to play with Disorderly Conduct.