McIntire Department of Music

The McIntire Department of Music will present a free Marimba masterclass with Mark Ford on Tuesday, February 26th 2008 at 7:30pm in room B18 of Old Cabell Hall. The masterclass will focus on four-mallet techniques and warm-up exercises. Participants are encouraged to bring their own mallets for the masterclass.

Mark Ford is the coordinator of percussion activities at The University of North Texas in Denton, Texas and Immediate Past-President of the Percussive Arts Society. He is a marimba specialist and the director of one of the largest percussion programs in the United States at UNT. Ford has premiered a variety of new works for solo marimba, and he is the author of Marimba:_Technique Through Music, a marimba method book. Ford has been a featured performer/clinician throughout the United States at universities and at music conferences including PASIC, MENC, TMEA, Mid-West and CBDNA. Mark has also performed at international music festivals in South America, Asia, Australia and Europe.

With several marimba and percussion CDs to his credit, Mark's recordings have further established his dedication to excellence in music. Ford's solo marimba CDs, Motion Beyond and Polaris, have received outstanding reviews including The Instrumentalist, which stated Ford's performance is "superb and his compositional style is equally outstanding." Mark has also recorded a DVD with Japanese virtuoso marimbist Keiko Abe and the UNT Wind Symphony.

As a composer, Mark Ford has written several popular works for solo marimba and percussion ensemble including Head Talk, Polaris, Kingdom Lore Fanfare, Stubernic, Heads Up!, Nightwatch and Standup Shadow. His compositions have been performed at universities and concert halls throughout the world and also featured on National Public Radio. Mark was the first percussion composer to be invited by the prestigious Van Cliburn Foundation to present a performance/lecture on his compositions for the Modern at the Modern performance series in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Ford has been recognized as a leading percussion educator and his university percussion ensembles have won national honors from the Percussive Arts Society. Mark Ford represents Dynasty Percussion, The Zildjian Company, Evans Drum Heads, Latin Percussion and Innovative Percussion Inc. as performing artist and clinician.


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