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Marques Lyons
United States
Beat reporting on Xbox. Beat rocking on Groove Music.
Marques has held the Microsoft MVP award since 2008, when it was originally given for the Zune platform. Today, he offers perspective and information on the Groove (formerly Xbox Music) service.

As a lifelong music aficionado, and former professional trombonist, Marques offers a unique perspective on the current climate of music services and how they affect artists and listeners, alike. He jots down these musings and more on twitter: @tromboneforhire

Throughout his time as MVP, Marques helped grow and lead communities through various initiatives, including "Inside the Circle" a Zune-centered blog and "Consumer Camp" a broad education initiative.

Marques' current personal project is "Xbox Beat", which he views as taking the best parts of Inside the Circle and Consumer Camp and creating a twitter account geared for education on Xbox, as well as discussion on various topics related to gaming, music, and technology. Xbox Beat can be followed on Twitter: @thexboxbeat

Marques is also a contributor to the Digital Media Zone, an information site that covers the way users consume digital media. Marques' focus is about how Xbox One thrives as a media entertainment hub, for music, TV, movies and apps. Digital Media Zone can be followed on twitter @digimediazone, or read at
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