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Marimba: Exploring Expression

July 14, 2020 6:55 am

A PASIC 2014 Article I’ll never forget walking the hallways of PASIC several years ago with Vida Chenoweth. If you are a percussionist/marimbist and unfamiliar with Vida Chenoweth, then I suggest that you run to your computer and Google Ms. Chenoweth now. She is credited with being the first ‘professional concert marimbist’ who raised the respect of the marimba equal... View Article

Eugene Corporon and Mark Ford discuss Contact!

December 17, 2017 10:54 pm

Here is a discussion that I had with Maestro Eugene Migliaro Corporon about our new recording of percussion concertos with the North Texas Wind Symphony! Want to learn more about this unique recording?   Go to: http://www.markfordmusic.com/contact-a-cd-of-percussion-concertos-with-wind-ensemble/ Want to get the recording?   Here is the link: https://www.giamusic.com/store/resource/contact-recording-cd1043 Do you have this CD?   Were you at one or more... View Article

Contact! A CD of Percussion Concertos with Wind Ensemble

December 17, 2017 10:46 pm

  Contact!  Five Percussion Concertos One Amazing Wind Ensemble Announcing A Unique Recording by the North Texas Wind Symphony and Percussionist Mark Ford – Directed by Eugene Migliaro Corporon   Want to get the recording?   https://www.giamusic.com/store/resource/contact-recording-cd1043             In 2011 I was having lunch with Eugene Corporon and I told him of a vision I had for a new... View Article

Mark Ford and Paul Rennick at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic

December 12, 2017 8:07 am

I first met Paul Rennick in the mid-1990’s during a UNT PASIC Alumni reunion.   His work with the UNT Drum Line was exceptional and I knew that he had a growing reputation in DCI.   When I came to teach at UNT Paul and I quickly became good friends sharing many percussive adventures on the stage and with the... View Article

Przebudzenie (The Awakening)

September 12, 2017 10:16 pm

Przebudzenie (Pshed-bood-ZANYA) is the Polish word for “The Awakening”  and the title of my new Symphonic Wind Ensemble Fanfare.   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 was dedicated to Wojciech Lasek, the director of the... View Article

IE2 ∞ = Energy Percussion

September 5, 2017 11:58 pm

In 2014 Tzong-Ching Ju, Director of the Ju Percussion Group and Music Professor at the Taipei National University of the Arts, asked me to write a composition for the Ju Percussion Group.   The result was Infinity∞Energy, a percussion ensemble composition for nine players.  The title of the work was inspired by Ju’s vision for the 2014 Taiwan International Percussion Convention.  ... View Article

DRUM FEST 2016 Marimba/Vibraphone Competition

July 31, 2016 5:09 am

What is the largest percussion festival in Europe?  Poland’s Drum Fest!  A 5-week drumming festival, Drum Fest is now celebrating its 25th Anniversary!  Amazing!   While Drum Fest concerts and clinics are held throughout several cities in southern Poland such as Krakow and Katowice, most of the main events are in the beautiful city of Opole. I have been the Artistic... View Article

Saxophone Quartet, Marimba and Cajón = Pivot Point

July 29, 2016 4:17 pm

In the spring of 2015 I went to a rehearsal of my son Kevin’s saxophone quartet at the University of North Texas.   Of course I had heard Kevin play in several types of ensembles, but I especially enjoyed the power of the saxophone quartet.   I immediately started thinking about a work for marimba and Kevin’s quartet.   It... View Article

Free Marimba Suite by Mark Alan Taggart

November 25, 2015 1:32 am

In 1996, my friend and composer Mark Alan Taggart composed a new marimba solo to be included on my first CD, Polaris.  Mark and I were teaching together at East Carolina University at the time and I had been fortunate to premier his Notturno for solo steel drum and brass choir and also his duet, Athletic Conveyances for tuba and... View Article

10 Years of Marimba: Technique Through Music

November 25, 2015 12:35 am

It’s hard to believe that over 10 years has passed since Innovative Percussion released my marimba method book, Marimba: Technique Through Music.    IP published the book in August of 2005 and at PASIC that year I presented a clinic session on the combined process of teaching marimba technique and musicianship featured in the book. At that 2005 PASIC session... View Article