David L Marzetti

RALEIGH, N.C. – David Leighton Marzetti, drummer of Raleigh-based rock band Sleep Control, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, October 19. Marzetti was 27 years old. Marzetti, a Northeastern University graduate, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Business and dedicated his life to music. In 2006 Marzetti signed on with Sleep Control front-man James Forgey as the band’s drummer. From that point, the duo began experimenting with a broad spectrum of sounds and styles before adding bassist Sam Branstetter in 2009. Marzetti developed his own distinct sound on the drums by drawing influence from a variety of genres. He was known for constantly pushing the limits of playing the drums.

Sleep Control had made great strides as a local band having showcased last year in Nashville for label and industry reps. Plans were in the works to record the band’s new songs with critically acclaimed producer Mike Garrigan (Athenaeum/Collapsis). Marzetti’s contributions to music, as well as his deep-rooted compassion for helping others, will not soon be forgotten. As a beloved friend, drummer, brother and son, Marzetti will be greatly missed by all who had the opportunity to know him. In lieu of flowers,  memorial donations can be made to the David L. Marzetti Music Trust Fund, which will provide music lessons and instruments to underprivileged youth.

Donations can be sent to:

David L. Marzetti Memoral Music Trust Fund

609 Sea Oats Court

Corolla, NC 27927

Or via Paypal

Donations are allocated to tax-exempt programs that provide music instruction for children who would not otherwise be able to obtain music instruction, such as The Community Music School in Raleigh, NC and The Water’s Edge Village School in Corolla, NC. Grants are made with a particular focus on percussion instruction. The Trust is a tax-exempt 501(3)(c) organization and donations are tax deductible.

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