Soloist / Sideman / Educator
"Mark Shelton's passion for music inspires me, and his immense repertoire of percussive abilities astounds me."
David Speer West TX Day of Percussion
The warmth and humor of Mark Shelton combine with his percussion prowess to create a family-friendly concert experience that connects with audiences. Mark entertains (and educates) with his trademark high-energy style as he romps and stomps through an arsenal of percussive paraphernalia--and can include marimba, doumbec, hammered dulcimer, bones, cajon, bodhran, snare drum, handpan, and electronics. The Texas Commission on the Arts has named Mark to the 2020-2022 Texas Touring Roster.
"Mark is a breath of fresh air to the percussion community."
Paul Jaso Director of Percussion Waxahachie (TX) Schools
A dedicated educator, Mark has presented The Strike, Scrape, & Shake Show to thousands of students in schools and libraries. Mark's books for elementary music are published by Heritage Music Press. Articles by Mark have appeared in Dulcimer Players News, Percussive Notes, Activate, and Worship Musician. Compositions for solo keyboard percussion are available from HoneyRock and Per-Mus Publications.
"Your teaching skills are off the hook. Really good and consistent teaching -again!"
Bruce Adolph Publisher Worship Musician magazine
Mark's educational credentials include positions as Visiting Artist at two colleges, teaching percussion at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, and leading hundreds of interactive workshops for elementary students.
The percussion work of Mark Shelton has been heard in a wide variety of ensembles including North Carolina Symphony, Dallas Winds, Strata Big Band, Tin Roof Tango, Daystar Singers & Band, Wichita Falls Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, TALEA, and The Metroplex Marimba Band. Mark's playing can be heard live and on recordings with Gateway Worship.
"[Mark's] ability to connect his audience to his artistic musical expression is powerful..."
Billy Woods Tyler Street United Methodist Summer Classics Series