Mark Shelton /Percussionist
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Mark Shelton

Solo Percussionist

It could  be the surprise hit of your concert season when Mark Shelton rolls his "Music From My Galaxy" show onto your stage.  Audiences will enjoy the sounds of over a dozen instruments in a performance that blends influences from classical, jazz, folk, and pop.  Mark connects with the audience with stories and jokes that pepper the evening as he moves from four mallets to two drumsticks to bare hands.   

Check out over 50 videos on Mark's You Tube channel:


A marimba soloist since the early 80’s, Mark  performed works from the standard literature, but as his career progressed, he began to seek a more personal repertoire.  Original compositions and improvisations (including his  published marimba solo, “Atrium Dance”) are featured in his current list of works.

Desiring a fresh melodic voice, Mark began to play the Hang and the Halo, two versions of  a recently developed instrument (the handpan) that combines steel pan sounds with hand drumming technique.  Audiences are captivated by the composition,  “Luminous Lagoon” as bare hands coax out the ethereal sounds of the Handpan.

The high energy / fast-paced performance style is balanced with a dose of down home anecdotes drawn from Mark’s rural west Tennessee roots and  years as a sideman, bandleader, and soloist.  

Bring the whole family...it’s for the drummer in all of us!

More Mark on the Web:

Mark Shelton Demo Video app. 4:30


Video of Mark Shelton performing at the Allen, TX library !


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The new CD from Mark Shelton has dropped!


If you do not have a solo percussion recording in your collection, it is time to make that move and order "Music From My Galaxy." 

The eighteen tracks include hymns such as "Amazing Grace" and "Come Thou Fount  Of Every Blessing," Bob Margolis' award-winning  "Three Technical Sketches for Marimba," as well as compositions and improvisations from Mark Shelton.  Of course, crowd favorite, "Luminous Lagoon" is a part of the project.

Just call 800-272-2249 and order this eclectic mix of music for hammered dulcimer, marimba, hang, bones, clackamore, riq, udu, and cajon.

Purchase "Music From My Galaxy"

A strong interest in folk music drew Mark toward some of the percussion instruments used in traditional American and Celtic music.  The show will include a good helping of fiddle tunes played on the hammered dulcimer along with some of his blazing technique on bodhran and bones.

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