A percussion artist/educator and world traveler, Mark Powers has studied, performed and taught throughout North America, as well as in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the South Pacific. He has contributed drum set and/or percussion tracks to a number of incredible recording projects, including releases by M. Ward, She & Him, Mbrascatu, Haley Johnsen, Falls, Amanda Richards, King Black Acid, Robert Wynia & The Sound, Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons, Portland Cello Project, Floater, and many others.
Mark has also made music on stage with a diverse list of artists, ranging from Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, Devon Evans (of Bob Marley and the Wailers), Clyde Stubblefield, Rolling Stones saxophonist Tim Ries, and America's Polka King- the late Frankie Yankovic, to disco sensations The Afrodisiacs and ’80s nerd-rockers The Spazmatics.
As a teaching artist, Mark has facilitated a variety of percussion programs – including his popular "TrashBamBOOM!" (formerly "Junk Jam") and "Sights & Sounds of Ghana" classes – educating students of all ages in over 200 schools and organizations around the world. He also presents at youth/adult correctional facilities and leads businesses and organizations through leadership and team-building training in his highly interactive "Rhythms at Work" workshops.
He has spoken at TEDxConcordiaUPortland and TEDxYouthOmaha (and has served as on-stage host at ten additional TEDx events), is co-author of "Alfred's Drumset Method: Book 2" and "The 2-in-1 Drummer," and author of "Solo in Style" (all three published by Alfred Music), as well as the author of two children's board books, "I Want To Be A Drummer" and "I Want To Be A Reader" (both published by blue manatee press).
He has also written for Modern Drummer Magazine, DRUM! Magazine, Percussive Notes and a number of other percussion publications, and releases 60-second video drum lessons on his educational website, DrumItInAMinute.com
Mark plays and endorses Tycoon Percussion instruments, REMO drumheads, SABIAN cymbals, Vic Firth drumsticks, ProLogix practice pads, Humes & Berg cases, Sunhouse Sensory Percussion, and Cajon Brush.
Fun fact: He is also former co-holder of the Guinness World Record for Longest Drum Roll by a Group (shared with Namiah Tribolini, Peter Buxman and Pat Flanigan)!
More information about Mark can be found at PowersPercussion.com
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