About Mark Wolfram...
Mark Wolfram brings over 40 years of experience as a professional composer, arranger, orchestrator and musician to every project he writes. He began his music education with piano and violin, but switched to trombone at age 10 where he flourished musically and soon was playing at a level years ahead of his young peers. Around the same time Mark began writing original pieces and arranging for his school bands, where his early mentor, Dr. Earl Benson (with whom he studied from the 7th grade through high school), encouraged him to conduct his own compositions and arrangements. At age 13 Mark joined college-level classes to study conducting, first with famed Czechoslovakian composer, conductor and educator Vaclav Nehlybel and then with composer/conductor Dr. Alfred Reed. Sitting in with the United States Navy Band from Washington, D.C. at age 16 was a seminal experience for Mark, where he recognized that large ensembles such as the concert band and symphonic orchestra would be the ultimate realization of his musical and emotional expression. Mark studied composition and arranging with Dr. Frank Bencriscutto at the University of Minnesota before earning a Bachelor of Music degree at Northwestern University, studying with John P. Paynter and Frank Crisafulli.
In addition to his ever-growing list of concert works and cinematic compositions, Mark maintains a multi-faceted career which has included arranging for Diana Ross & The Supremes, Peter Cetera, Kenny Rogers, The Irish Tenors, Cybill Shepherd, Chris Isaak, Joe Williams, Lena Horne, Doc Severinson, Peter Nero, ABC-TV's Monday Night Football, and The Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, among others. He's composed original scores for General Hospital, Another World, Riptide and Hanna-Barbera's The Smurfs, Jonny Quest, The Flintstone Kids and Captain Caveman. Additionally, he has composed for industrial films, thousands of jingles and underscores for television and radio advertising, and the concert stage. Mark's Interludes for Percussion and Trumpet is performed internationally and his Brass Trio (1988), which took Grand Prize in the 1989 International Horn Society Competition, is frequently performed on four continents. His instrumental works continue to be played at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, as well as by the Medalist Concert Band, the Chicago Bears Band and numerous college, high school and community organizations.
Mark's love affair with the concert band and symphonic orchestra continued unabated after college through his work for the concert stage, television programs, Broadway shows, jazz and pop recording artists and advertising clients. Over the years his work brought him to New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. Always learning and growing, Mark studied at UCLA and USC with courses in composition, orchestration (with Alexander Courage), electronic synthesis, and film scoring. In addition, Mark studied privately with celebrated composer Dr. Mark Carlson, and Oscar-winning film composer Leonard Rosenman. He was selected as a participant in the prestigious Fred Karlin/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop.
For Mark, there are few thrills bigger than conducting a large ensemble of musicians, whether it's a concert band, jazz band or symphonic orchestra. Inspired by such masters as Bernard Herrmann, Erich Korngold, Max Steiner and Miklos Rozsa, Mark created his album PIERCING THE CELLULOID VEIL - music that can stand alone - telling a story, evoking a mood, creating the experience of film - but without the visual film images. With this recording, he and the musicians transport the listener to another realm - creating an auditory experience where passionate and expressive music reigns supreme.
This is the goal toward which Mark Wolfram strives every day as he lives out his destiny - composing for concert band and symphonic orchestra.
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