Mark Beecher is an American drummer, percussionist, author, composer, producer, music historian and educator. He is the Teacher of Percussion & Director of the Percussion Ensemble at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA and current President of the National Association of Rudimental Drummers (N.A.R.D.) - originally established in 1933 and funded, for 44 years, by Ludwig Drums, with William F. Ludwig being one of its founders and Presidents; Mark is a Voting Member of the GRAMMYs and his creative work has been a part of two recent GRAMMY Nominated albums in the Jazz Categories; He has performed on stage with GRAMMY Award-winning & Nominated artists such as, Shania Twain, The Chieftains, Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge, Peter Erskine, and John Beasley … as well as Jesus Music Movement artist, Paul Clark and Bakithi Kumalo - renowned bass player for Paul Simon on his GRAMMY Award-winning Graceland album, to name a few. Mark had the honor & privilege of performing for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees and legends, The Rolling Stones (with Synthesis Latin Band) and has also entertained such dignitaries as President Bill Clinton, Queen Elizabeth, President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing of France, King Carl XVl Gustav of Sweden, Afghanistan President, Hamid Karzai, and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend - daughter of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. He has shared the stage with a number of national & international recording artists, which has included, David Lee Roth, The Doobie Brothers, Pete Seeger, Dave Mason, The Temptations, Bo Diddley, Mike Stern, Leni Stern, Lucinda Williams, Fastball, Modern English, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Patty Griffin, Francis Dunnery, Moxy Fruvous, Arlo Guthrie, Patty Larkin, Trout Fishing in America, James McMurty, The Klezmatics, etc. Mark was the producer & performer for the soundtrack of the renowned Taleworlds video game, Mount & Blade: Napoleonic Wars, with the Mount & Blade series having sold over 6 million copies. Mark is presently recording a new soundtrack for the same Flying Squirrel Entertainment and their upcoming Civil War video game - "Battle Cry of Freedom."
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