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Mark Ford

Mark Ford

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

Clinic Synopsis:

My clinic will focus on the technical and musical percussion skills required for performing percussion keyboard instruments. I will discuss choices that will help develop a quality percussion keyboard performance to compliment the band. I will perform excerpts from Symphonic Concert Band literature to demonstrate timbral shifts with mallet choices and instrument placement in the band. A handout will illustrate fundamental techniques of performing on marimba, xylophone, vibraphone and chimes.

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.