My sister, Treva, son is B.J Marks and, Bobby, as I often call him, has been doing extensive research on both the Noreika and McCarthy family lines for this website. You can find some of his work under the categories (sidebar) Noreika Family and McCarthy Family. My father and his brother and sisters changed the name Noreika to Norris in the 1930’s and 40’s to sound more American. My mother’s side of the family were the McCarthy’s.
Bobby himself is the Percussion Arranger & Head Percussion Instructor for Northview Middle School in Columbus, Indiana.
From 1988 to 1991, BJ Marks worked as North’s percussion instructor while attending Indiana University, where he received a BA in Philosophy. From 1992 to 1994, BJ continued instructing at North while attending Ball State University, where he earned a BA in Music Education. In 1995, BJ began arranging the percussion book for North and accepted his first official teaching position as assistant band director at Perry Meridian H.S. and M.S.
After a year off from instructing at North, BJ returned to Columbus as the band director at Northside Middle School, where he currently teaches. Bobby’s research will continue at Big Bass Lake and Beyond with periodic updates of our family tree.