Przebudzenie (The Awakening) – A Fanfare for Wind Ensemble

April 20, 2020 11:14 am

This recording is by the University of Texas at El Paso Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Brad Genevro: Przebudzenie (Pshed-bood-ZANYA) is the Polish word for “The Awakening.”  I chose the title Przebudzenie because of my appreciation and understanding of the power of human resolve to rise up out of difficult times.   The original orchestral version of Przebudzenie... View Article


April 20, 2020 11:09 am

When I taught percussion at the Middle Tennessee State University Department of Music I lived on Ransom Drive. Several years ago I decided to write a series of short etudes for a marimba method book with each etude named for a street where I had lived. Ransom was my first effort and it quickly became much more than an etude.... View Article

Standup Shadow for Percussion Quartet and Narrator

April 20, 2020 11:00 am

I began writing Standup Shadow in the summer of 1988 and the work was premiered by the East Carolina University Percussion Ensemble in Greenville, North Carolina in April of 1989.    The text of Standup Shadow describes the struggle between a person’s inner self and their actual deeds and words.   The “Standup Shadow” is the person that we allow others to... View Article


April 20, 2020 10:50 am

Stubernic was my second attempt at composition (after Head Talk).   It is a marimba trio performed on one marimba.   My good friend Stefan Stuber had spent a year in Nicaragua and Guatemala for humanitarian aid purposes.   When he returned he told me stories of his adventures and I decided to write a composition dedicated to Stefan and his first wife... View Article


April 20, 2020 10:35 am

Afta-Stuba is a sequel to my 1988 composition, Stubernic (Stew-bur-nick).   Like Stubernic, Afta-Stuba is written for three players on one low-A marimba.  This composition can be performed after Stubernic or independently.   A few Stubernic motives are utilized in Afta-Stuba, and the main theme at bar 20 is derived from the first three notes of the theme of Stubernic. Many thanks... View Article

Heads Up!

April 20, 2020 10:09 am

Heads Up! is a companion piece for my earlier composition Head Talk (1987). This new composition is an excursion into the further possibilities of a five-member percussion ensemble with only standard drum heads. The Heads Up! ensemble is required to perform primarily on timpani heads (or bass drum heads) and frame drums as they move around the stage. My sincere... View Article

The Surface of Life

April 20, 2020 10:03 am

The Surface of Life  by Mark Ford features a vibraphone soloist accompanied by a diverse ensemble of steel drums, cajon, doumbek, marimba, string bass and percussion.  The work is dedicated to my comrade Christopher Deane.  While we plan, dream and hope, life actually happens at the “surface.” The Surface of Life is featured on the UNT Percussion Ensemble CD, Vespertine... View Article

Marimba Heritage

April 20, 2020 9:55 am

Marimba Heritage is an original composition that honors the history of solo marimba literature. Motives from many well-known marimba solos are woven into this new composition. While I considered numerous marimba works as I prepared to compose, the list below represents the marimba solos that inspired this music. All of these benchmark works were pivotal in guiding the pedagogical/artistic path... View Article

Coffee Break by Mark and Ewelina Ford

April 20, 2020 9:43 am

The above video featuring members of the UNT Percussion Ensemble (Kaylie Hardeman, Scott Radock, Chris McWilliams, John O’Neal and Corey Davis) has over a million views!! The Story Music is everywhere and of course coffee has rhythm!   After many visits to numerous coffee shops and improvising with cups, we decided to write a composition that brings fun, energy and theatre... View Article


April 20, 2020 9:39 am

IE2 ∞ = Energy Percussion