Primary Artistic Discipline: Music
Area of Specialty: World Drumming (African/Caribbean/etc.), Drumset (Popular Syles), and Alternative “Found Sound” Percussion
Based in: Portland, OR
Cell Phone: 920-410-0465
A drummer, educator, author, speaker and actor, Mark Powers has studied, performed and taught in North America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the South Pacific. As a teaching artist, he facilitates a variety of percussion programs, having educated students of all ages in over 200 schools and organizations. Mark is a two-time TEDx speaker, co-author of "Alfred's Drumset Method: Book 2" and "The 2-in-1 Drummer," and author of "Solo in Style",and author of two children's board books, "I Want To Be A Drummer" and "I Want To Be A Reader."
My first teaching artist experience was 15+ years ago, long before I knew what I was doing or knew that it would be such a huge part of my later life. I have now visited over 200 schools and organizations.
I absolutely love being able to work with students of every age/grade level. The wonder and excitement in the eyes of K-5’ers when I introduce new instruments gets me pumped up. The increased ability of middle and high school students allows me to get into more involved/complex rhythms and concepts.
As a professional drummer, I perform a wide variety of musical styles in both live and recording session environments. The majority of my work is done on acoustic percussion instruments (drumset, world percussion, etc.), occasionally augmented by electronics (triggering loops and samples).
During the 30 years that I have been drumming, I have had the pleasure of studying with incredible drummers both here in the United States and abroad (Ghana, Cuba, Thailand, Uganda, and Puerto Rico). I have also had the honor of making music with stellar musicians ranging from Rick Nielsen (of Cheap Trick), Devon Evans (of Bob Marley and the Wailers), Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown), Lynn Sorensen (Bad Company), Frankie Yankovic, The Afrodisiacs, The Spazmatics, M.Ward, She & Him (Columbia Records), Falls (Verve Records), Haley Johnsen (American Idol), Rob Wynia (of Floater) and more. My discography includes contributions to nearly 60 different released albums.
I am passionate about continually growing as an artist – learning wherever/whenever possible – and using music not only as a vehicle to pass along that knowledge learned, but also as a way to make the world a happier and better place for those ears and minds who my rhythms and sound waves happen to cross paths with.
Suitable for Grades: K-12
Preferred Grades: K-12
Additional Interests/Experience: Youth Corrections,
Languages spoken other than English: Spanish (Beginning/Intermediate)