Ford, Mark There are 15 products.

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 has been a featured performer/clinician throughout the 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, Ransom, 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 percussionist 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, Latin Percussion and Innovative Percussion Inc. as performing artist and clinician.

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  • Marimba Heritage is an original composition that honors the history of solo marimba literature. Motives from many well-known marimba solos are woven into this new composition. While I considered numerous marimba works as I prepared to compose, the list below represents the marimba solos that inspired this music. All of these benchmark works were pivotal...

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  • Morning Light is a sweet delicate love song or lullaby. The title refers to opening your eyes in the morning and making your dreams become reality. I wrote this as an encore piece following the premier of Stubernic Fantasy in Opole, Poland. In reference to this, the music hints at the main motive of the Polish National Anthem beginning at measure 48....

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  • Wink is a duet for alto saxophone and marimba that was written for my sons Austin (marimba) and Kevin Ford (saxophone). Premiered by saxophonist Ann Bradfield and myself in January of 2011, Wink was designed to be a groovy-hip collaboration that explores three main themes: a syncopated melody, a floating assertion and a waltz-like phrase. Wink gradually...

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  • 'Stealing a Moment' was premiered at the Katowice Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland on February 22, 2010. Originally titled 'Stealing a Moment of Forgetfulness', the music contrasts a roaming hesitant theme with a simple melody. The roaming theme represents the routine of our daily lives and the simple melody represents everything beautiful. The simple...

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  • Ransom is a work for 5 octave marimba by Mark Ford. This work is highly virtuosic in nature and utilizes many advanced marimba techniques. Ransom starts off with a slow moving, mysterious section followed by sections that explore ostinato rhythms and disjunct melodic passages. The piece concludes with a coda sections that briefly revisits most of the...

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  • The Green Road is a work for solo marimba by Mark Ford. This piece is layered with musical and technical challenges that are common with Ford's marimba writing. The Green Road will be a rewarding piece for the performer and the audience.

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  • Polaris by Mark Ford is a one movement solo based on a rhythmic theme in 7/8 meter. Set in a modified rondo form, two separate ostinatos help unify the music while themes from the opening chorale and allegro sections are developed. As the North Star has served as a navagation reference for centuries, Polaris reflects the inner part of each of us that...

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  • "Requiring a five-octave marimba, Mark Ford's rhapsodic "Kingdom Lore Fanfare" has a dramatic opening, emphasizing a heroic, fanfare like, three-note rhythmic cell that returns several times throughout this six-and-a-half minute composition. This 18-measure opening transitions to a faster section in which the left hand rolls in octaves...

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  • Moon Chasers is a marimba solo written by UNT Percussion Coordinator Mark Ford. Premiered in Lima, Peru in 2014, the music is about two people in love who are separated over a long distance and connected only by the moon. This solo’s soaring themes and introspective sensitivity create a wonderful recital work for advanced marimbists. The work, dedicated...

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  • Marimba: Technique Through Music is a collection of 16 etudes that are designed to help the intermediate four-mallet marimbist focus on specific stroke techniques.

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  • This concerto is a piano reduction to substitute for the wind ensemble and orchestra versions.  Stubernic Fantasy is based on my marimba trios Stubernic and its sequel, Afta-Stuba. After the premiere of Afta-Stuba in 2000, Eugene Corporon congratulated me and said, “Now write me a wind ensemble work like that!” At the time I did not think that it was...

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