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 specialist 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. Mark is also the Artistic Director for the annual Drum Fest Marimba/Vibraphone Competition in Opole, Poland. He regularly performs at International Music Festivals throughout Europe, Asia and South America.
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, Stealing a Moment, 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 two DVDs and a CD 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 Marimba Heritage, Head Talk, Polaris, Kingdom Lore Fanfare, Stubernic, Afta-Stuba!, Morning Light, The Surface of Life and Coffee Break (co-composed with Ewelina Ford). His concerto, Stubernic Fantasy was premiered in Poland (orchestra version) and the Mid-West Band and Orchestra Convention (wind ensemble version) and has been performed on tour by the US Navy Band and the US Air Force Band. His most recent works include Infinity Energy written for the Ju Percussion Group in Taiwan and Pivot Point for saxophone quartet, marimba and cajon. His 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 Marimba: Technique Through Music, a four-mallet marimba method book published by Innovative Percussion, Inc.
Ford has been recognized as a leading percussion educator. Under his direction the UNT Percussion Ensemble has toured in Poland, Croatia, France and Belgium and also won the PAS International Percussion Ensemble Competition. Mark Ford proudly represents Dynasty Percussion, Bergerault, Zildjian, Evans Drum Heads, Latin Percussion and Innovative Percussion Inc. as performing artist and clinician.
Ed Soph is a Professor in the Jazz Studies and Performance Divisions of the College of Music at the University of North Texas. He teaches applied drum set students and the Rhythm Section Master Class. His touring and recording work includes the groups of Stan Kenton, Bill Watrous, Woody Herman, Clark Terry, Joe Henderson, Marvin Stamm, Dave Liebman, Stefan Karlsson, Fred Hamilton, and Eddie Gomez. He is the author of a video a DVD, MUSICAL TIME. His books include THE BIG BAND PRIMER, ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUES FOR DRUM SET, and MUSICAL TIME. Ed is an artist clinician for the Yamaha Corporation of America, the Avedis Zildjian Company, Evans drum heads, and Innovative Percussion drum sticks and mallets.
Paul Rennick has been a member of the percussion faculty at the University of North Texas since 1991. Paul is a leading figure in the world of marching percussion and percussion education, with a long history of successful students and renowned performing ensembles. He has been a featured clinician and a guest artist worldwide, with appearances at National and International events for many top professional music organizations. Since 1989 Paul has written and designed the competitive shows for the 16-time Percussive Arts Society National Champion University of North Texas Indoor Drumline. He is also percussion coordinator for the Nationally recognized UNT Green Brigade Marching Band. Paul served as the director of percussion for the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps from 2003-2010, winning the Drum Corps International Fred Sanford Award for Percussion Performance three times in five years (2006, 2008, 2010), and the DCI Championship in 2008. Paul is currently the percussion coordinator for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps.
Paul was a design team member, music composer/arranger, instructor, and percussion manager for the Tony & Emmy Award-winning Broadway production "Blast!" Paul is also an active performer, appearing as a featured soloist with the UNT Wind Symphony on the DVD recording "Percussive Palooza," and related showcase concert at PASIC 2008. He is also as a featured soloist on the University of North Texas Percussion Ensemble recording "Vespertine Formations" (2009). Paul is currently an artist/clinician with Dynasty USA, Remo Inc., the Avedis Zildjian Co., Roland, Planet Waves, and a Signature Artist with Innovative Percussion, Inc.
|Friday 9th December 2016|
|09.30 - 11.00||Workshop (Paul Rennick)|
|11.00 - 12.30||Workshop (Ed Soph)|
|13.30 - 15.00||Workshop (Mark Ford)|
|15.30||The festival opening|
|16.00||Concert of Konzervatoř Žilina and Konzervatoř Brno Students|
|17.30||Private view of Miloš Vaclík paintings|
|19.00||Concert of Súkromné konzervatórium Nitra, Súkromné konzervatóruma Dezidera Kardoša Topoľčany and Konzervatoř Teplice Students|
|cca 20.30||PercuSeance MINI|
|Saturday 10th December 2016|
|09.30 - 11.00||Workshop (Ed Soph)|
|11.00 - 12.30||Workshop (Mark Ford)|
|13.30 - 15.00||Workshop (Paul Rennick)|
|16.00||Concert of Konzervatoř Evangelické akademie Olomouc, Konzervatoř Pavla Josefa Vejvanovského Kroměříž and Konzervatoř České Budějovice Students|
|19.00||Concert of Akadémie umení Banská Bystrica, HAMU Praha and JAMU Brno Students|
|cca 20.30||PercuSeance MINI|
|Sunday 11th December 2016|
|09.30 - 11.00||Workshop (Mark Ford)|
|11.00 - 12.30||Workshop (Paul Rennick)|
|13.30 - 15.00||Workshop (Ed Soph)|
|15.00 - 18.00||PercuSeance MAXI|
|19.00||Concert - Mark Ford, Paul Rennick, Ed Soph (USA)|