Biography

dennis marks, bass player - teacher - jazz fanatic

EDUCATION

MASTER OF MUSIC, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida (1990-1992)
Degree in Studio Jazz Writing
Graduated cum laude

BACHELOR OF MUSIC, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida (1985-1989)
Degree in Studio Music and Jazz Performance
Graduated cum laude

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA, Jacksonville, Florida 2005-Present
Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies
Teaching duties include: Evolution of Jazz, Jazz Ensemble II, Individual Applied Piano, Individual Applied Bass, Jazz Improvisation I, Jazz Improvisation II, Jazz Piano I, Enjoyment of Music

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY, Miami, Florida 1996-2005
Adjunct Instructor
Teaching duties included: Jazz Styles and Analysis, Jazz Combo, Individual Applied Acoustic Bass, Jazz Big Band, Individual Applied Electric Bass

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI, Coral Gables, Florida 2003-2005
Adjunct Faculty
Teaching duties included: Individual Applied Acoustic Bass, Individual Applied Electric Bass

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI, Coral Gables, Florida 1990-1992
Graduate Assistant
Teaching duties included: Individual Applied Acoustic Bass, Individual Applied Electric Bass, Director of Several Small Ensembles

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

Arturo Sandoval, Bassist, Composer, Arranger (1997-Present)
Tours of North America, Europe, South America, and Asia

Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd, Bassist (1994-1996)
Tours of North America and Europe

Maynard Ferguson's Big Bop Nouveau, Bassist (1992-1993)
Tours of North America, South America, and Asia


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