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Mark Powers spends his life on stage.
A percussion artist/educator and world traveler, Mark Powers has studied, performed and taught throughout North America, as well as in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the South Pacific. He has shared the stage with everyone from Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, Devon Evans (of Bob Marley and the Wailers), Rolling Stones saxophonist Tim Ries and America’s Polka King- the late Frankie Yankovic, to disco sensations The Afrodisiacs and 80’s nerd-rockers The Spazmatics.

As a Tycoon Percussion artist and REMO Education Artist, Mark facilitates a variety of percussion programs (including his popular “Junk Jam” and “Sights & Sounds of Ghana” classes), educating students of all ages in schools around the world. He also presents at youth/adult correctional facilities and leads businesses and organizations through leadership and team building training in his highly interactive “Rhythms at Work” workshops.

He has both spoken and been onstage host at TEDxConcordiaUPortland, is co-author (along with drum legends Walfredo Reyes, Sr., Elliot Fine and David Stanoch) of the book “The 2-in-1 Drummer” and author of “Solo In Style,” a collection of original drumset solos for beginning/intermediate performers. He has also written for Modern Drummer Magazine, Percussive Notes and a variety of other percussion publications, and releases 60-second video drum lessons on his educational website,

Fun fact: Mark is also former co-holder of the Guinness World Record for Longest Drum Roll by a Group (shared with Namiah Tribolini, Peter Buxman, and Pat Flanigan)!

Tyler Tervooren’s Strategy for Becoming Comfortable with Risk

I work with Tyler on producing adventures for WDS, as well as several other projects. A couple months ago, I heard him give a great (and hilarious!) talk at TEDxConcordiaUPortland. In the talk he mentioned his three theses: a. Adventure can make you smarter b. Adventure can make you stronger c. Adventure can make you…

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