12.30.2004 // Dynasty USA Welcomes Mark Ford, University of North Texas Percussion Coordinator

Dynasty USA Percussion is proud to announce that Mark Ford has joined Dynasty USA as an endorsing artist and clinician. In addition Mark will assist in the development of a new line of Dynasty USA concert percussion instruments including a new five octave signature marimba. 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 has also recorded a DVD with Japanese virtuoso marimbist Keiko Abe and the UNT Wind Symphony. Mark’s solo marimba CDs, Motion Beyond and Polaris, have received outstanding reviews including The Instrumentalist which stated Ford's performance is "superb and Ford's compositional style is equally outstanding."

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. Besides Mark Ford ‘s new Dynasty USA Percussion affiliation, he also represents The Zildjian Company and Innovative Percussion Inc. as performing artist and clinician.