CABASA! is a percussion quintet for 5 players performing on cabasa. The cabasa, similar to the shekere, is a percussion instrument that is constructed with loops of steel ball chain wrapped around a wide cylinder. The cylinder is fixed to a long, narrow wooden or plastic handle. Cabasas come in a variety of sizes and CABASA! requires three different sizes... View Article
A Promise for Emily is an arrangement of my marimba solo, Promise Me, from my book #MarimbaBaby. This is work has yet to be premiered. Any takers? 🙂 I am excited to hear it performed soon! The work is published by Musicon Publications and dedicated to my daughter Emily. Below is a video of the original marimba solo. The quartet... View Article
How about a duet for marimba and snare drum? My UNT comrade and friend Paul Rennick was excited about this idea! We premiered the work at the 2017 Midwest Clinic in Chicago and then also performed it at TMEA and PASIC. The work is intense to play and audiences love it! Published by Musicon Publications, Renfro is now starting to... View Article
When I first came to the University of North Texas in 1999 I immediately became friends with UNT Wind Symphony Director, Eugene Corporon. I was fortunate to perform often with the Wind Symphony under Eugene’s baton and Contact is a compilation of our work together over the years. I am extremely proud of this disc as I believe that it... View Article
Polaris was my first solo marimba recording released in 1996! This album was the result of an East Carolina University grant to feature composers from North Carolina. It was wonderful to work with my friends there to create this disc, especially my percussion brother-in-arms, Christopher Deane. Chris not only wrote two incredible works on this album, he also was present... View Article
Premiered in Lima, Peru in 2014, Moon Chasers tells the story of two people in love who are separated over a long distance and connected only by the moon. This solo’s soaring themes and introspective sensitivity create a wonderful recital work for advanced marimbists. Moon Chasers is dedicated to my wife Ewelina. The work is for a 5-Octave marimba and... View Article
Kingdom Lore Fanfare is a marimba solo on my “stealing a moment album.” The work is dedicated to my son and the title originated from his name, Kevin Lawrence Ford.
stealing a moment… is dedicated with love to my wife, Ewelina. The original title was “stealing a moment of forgetfulness..” The singular motive that follows the music to the end is a musical description of Ewelina’s name. This solo is on my 2012 CD bearing the same title.
Head Talk is a quintet for “drums without shells.” This was my first composition outside of writing marching drum line arrangements and I wrote it for my students at Middle Tennessee State University. I started working at MTSU in the fall of 1983 and I was excited to build a program there. I had already taught one semester at... View Article
The above video features co-soloists and UNT percussion faculty Sandi Rennick and Paul Rennick. Stubernic Fantasy by Mark Ford is based on two of Ford’s compositions (Stubernic and Afta-Stuba) which were written for three players on one marimba. Stubernic (pronounced stew-bet-nick) was dedicated to Stefan and Mary K. Stuber with whom the composer attended college. In 1987, the Stubers... View Article