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December, 17, 2021
03:45 PM - 04:45 PM


W 179


Mark Ford

Mark Ford

Articulation, Balance and Blend With Keyboard Percussion Instruments in Concert Band

Clinic Synopsis:

My clinic will focus on simple steps for band directors to help create better balance and blend in Concert Band settings with Keyboard Percussion Instruments such as the xylophone, glockenspiel, marimba and chimes. Aspects of the lecture/demonstration will be focused on the fundamentals of playing these instruments, location within concert set ups and mallet choices. Emphasis will be placed on listening within the ensemble, score preparation and general ensemble techniques.

Mark Ford - Biographical Information

Mark Ford is the coordinator of percussion activities at The University of North Texas in Denton, Texas and a Past-President of the Percussive Arts Society. He is a marimba artist and the coordinator of one of the largest percussion programs in the United States at UNT. Ford is an active performer on the marimba and he has been featured throughout the United States at universities and music conferences. He also regularly performs at International Music Festivals in Europe, South America, Asia, Australia and Australia. As a composer Mark Ford’s compositions have been performed at universities and concert halls throughout the world and also featured on National Public Radio. Ford is also the author of two marimba books, #MarimbaBaby and Marimba: Technique Through Music. Ford has been recognized as a leading percussion performer and educator. Mark proudly represents Tama/Bergerault, Innovative Percussion, Sabian, Evans Drum Heads and Meinl.