John Mark Piper is a professional vibraphonist/drummer/composer and teacher residing in the Dallas, Texas area. Piper served as artist/ clinician/ endorsee/ consultant for Musser/Ludwig percussion instruments from 1996 to 2002 and is the designer and creator of the Musser/Piper vibraphone.
Piper currently endorses the John Piper signature mallets by Mike Balter and AKG Microphones and Kat Midi Controllers. A collection of John's original vibraphone pieces is published by Studio 4 Music. John is author of the highly acclaimed sight/reading and music series books "The Shapes and Patterns of Music - Volumes I, and II" and "The Shapes and Patterns of Rhythm and the Shapes and Patterns of Rhythm with Melody". Just a Step Away has become a landmark in solo vibraphone recordings.
Baroque in Swing is another of the popular "Seven Songs for Vibraphone" performed and recorded by John Mark Piper. With its bouncy intro and rapid patters of rapid 16ths, this piece is a challenge and an opportunity for serious vibraphonists to display their skills. It's also a real audience-pleaser! May be performed as a solo or with rhythm section.
More reflective in character than 'Baroque in Swing', 'Dreams' asks the vibraphonist to shape flowing melodic lines through subtle dynamic variations. Dampening skills are essential! As with all the "Seven Songs," the vibraphonist is also given the opportunity to improvise. May be performed as a solo or with rhythm section.