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Mark Ford presents the 2016 TMEA All-State Audition Tutorials

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Mark FordEarning a position in one of the Texas All-State bands is a very highly regarded accomplishment. The audition process consists of several extremely competitive rounds, which may be quite a difficult task.  Those who become selected will have the honor of performing at the annual TMEA Clinic/Convention in San Antonio, TX.  

Innovative Percussion artist, Mark Ford, has compiled a series of video clips that outlines preparation techniques of the Texas All-State audition materials. Mark Ford is Professor of Percussion and Coordinator of Percussion Activities at the University of North Texas-Denton.

For information on the audition materials for this year, please visit the TMEA website at

Percussion - Keyboard (Two-Mallet)
"Sonata" from
Masterpieces for the Marimba by Thomas McMillan


Percussion - Keyboard (Four-Mallet)
"Study in A" from
Anthology of Lute & Guitar Music for Marimba by Rebecca Kite

Percussion - Snare Drum
"Etude No. 23" from
Advanced Snare Drum Studies by Mitchell Peters

Percussion - Timpani
"Etude No. 1" from
Studies in Copper: 15 Orchestral Etudes for Timpani by Alex Orfaly