Mark Stone multi-percussionist, composer/improviser, educator


Past Dates

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Bharat Sangeet Utsav - Bangalore

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Bharat Sangeet Utsav - Coimbatore

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Bharat Sangeet Utsav - Delhi
IGNCA Auditorium, C.V.Mess,
Janpath, New Delhi -110001
INDIA [map]


Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Narada Gana Sabha Auditorium, TTK Road, Alwarpet
Tamil Nadu 600018
INDIA [map]
Price: Rs. 500


Vidushi Sudha Raghunathan presents Bhakthi Symphony featuring Prof. Mark Stone (World Percussion), Vidwan Keith Peters (Bass Guitar), Vidwan B. Raghavendra Rao, Vidwan Thiruvarur Vaidyanathan, Vidwan Anirudh Athreya, Vidwan N. Guruprasad

Friday, October 24th, 2014

10am to 5pm
Palmer Commons, Forum Hall - 100 Washtenaw Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 [map]
Price: FREE


I will be presenting my research on the Embaire - Xylophone Music of Busoga, Uganda as part of the Garth Institute for Music Research and Performance Symposium on "Ethnicity, Femininity, and the History of Music." My thirty minute presentation will take place sometime in the early afternoon.

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Memorial Auditorium
Athens, OH
(740) 593 - 1780 [map]
Price: $12


Final concert of my one-week residency at the Ohio University World Music and Dance Festival. I will be performing two embaire pieces with the Ohio University Percussion Ensemble. 

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

World Music and Dance Festival at Ohio University
Recital Hall - Glidden Hall School of Music
Athens, OH [map]
Price: FREE


Lecture Presentation on the Embaire, Xylophone Music of Busoga

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Spirits Rising at the Native American Heritage Celebration
Ford Resource and Engagement Center, (Mercado), located at 2826 Bagley
Detroit, MI [map]
Price: FREE


The last of this year's successful Celebrating Southwest Concert Series featuring the new group Spirits Rising, led by Joe Reilly and Allison Radell.

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Road
Clinton Township, MI 48038
(586) 286-2222 [map]
Price: $23, $20 senior, $10 college student

The Motor City Symphony Orchestra (formerly the Warren Symphony) kicks off its 42nd season by joining forces with the venerable Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra. These two acclaimed ensembles, performing separately and together on one stage, will offer a wide variety of works, many blending the traditions of classical, jazz and popular music.

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

2359 Oak Valley Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 327-4200 [map]
Price: FREE


Southpaw Isle shares a fun-filled family program as part of this popular Ann Arbor concert series.

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Mark Stone Trio at Ohio University
Athens, OH [map]

The Mark Stone Trio presents afternoon workshops and an evening concert as part of Ohio University's "Experience Percussion" sponsored by the OU Percussion Club.

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

8450 W. 10 Mile Rd.
Royal Oak, MI [map]
Price: Free with Zoo admission ($6 after 6 pm)


Joe Reilly and the Community Gardeners (Allison Radell, Marion Hayden, Gayelynn McKinney, Lesley-Anne Stone, and Mark Stone) perform as part of the Wild Summer Nights Concert Series at the Detroit Zoo. The Zoo remains open until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays during the concert series.

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

7pm to 8:30pm
27400 Southfield Road
Lathrup Village Municipal Park, MI 48076 [map]
Price: FREE


The Mark Stone Trio brings its golbal soundscapes to this FREE outdoor concert series. The performance will feature Michele Ramo on violin and Dan Piccolo on tabla/frame drum/ percussion set. Bring a picnic dinner, chair or blanket!  Select farm vendors will be on hand as well. All products are Michigan made, the meal deal only $5, includes hot dog made your way, Better Made Potato Chips and a Faygo soda.

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

6pm to 11:30pm
City Beach
Marine City, MI [map]

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

7pm to 8:30pm
3688 N. Hartland Road
Hartland, MI 48353 [map]
Price: FREE
Southpaw's exemplary global steelpan music is the perfect summer concert: guaranteed to get you moving and keep you smiling. The group performs on the Village South Lawn next to the library as part of Cromaine's 6th Annual Summer Concert Series.


Saturday, June 21st, 2014

9am to 4pm, June 21st & 22nd
Oakland University, Varner Hall
Rochester, MI 48309 [map]
Price: $20


Oakland University's jazz faculty, famed jazz violinist Regina Carter and the OU Jazz Quartet will lead two days of activities including combo rehearsals, listening classes, African xylophone sessions and more. Non-traditional jazz instruments are welcome. The workshop will conclude on Sunday with a free concert open to the public.

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Oakland Center
Rochester, MI 48309 [map]
Price: FREE


Annual outdoor concert by Oakland University’s World Music Ensembles (Akwaaba, African ensemble; and Pan-Jumbies, steel band) on the campus of Oakland University in the Varner Courtyard (outside of Varner Recital Hall).

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Sets at 7pm and 9pm
212 East 52nd Street, 3rd Floor (between 2nd & 3rd Ave)
New York, NY 10022
(212) 371-7657 [map]
Price: $12


Come out to one of New York's hottest jazz clubs for Imaginary Homeland's CD release party and the Mark Stone Trio's New York debut.

Friday, June 6th, 2014

New School University, Room 613
New York, NY [map]
Price: $25

The Mark Stone Trio will be performing at the 7th annual ISIM festival. The theme of this year's festival is cross-cultural Improvisation. 

Friday, May 30th, 2014

5/30 @ 7pm, 5/31 @ 2pm , & 6/1 @ 2pm
Oakland University, Varner Hall
Rochester, MI 48309 [map]
Price: varies (see website)


Oakland University will for our 4th straight year be hosting the Sarovar Festival. This year's festival includes a wide range of Carnatic performances from students to top notch professionals and features the incredible Trichur Brothers.

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

12 Noon and 2pm
8450 W. 10 Mile Rd.
Royal Oak, MI [map]
Price: Zoo Admission


Join Joe and his amazing band the Community Gardeners for this fun, interactive, and educational concert for kids of all ages. Part of the Detroit Zoo’s 2014 Green Fest. 

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

12 Noon and 2pm
8450 W. 10 Mile Rd.
Royal Oak, MI [map]
Price: Zoo Admission


Join Joe and his amazing band the Community Gardeners for this fun, interactive, and educational concert for kids of all ages. Part of the Detroit Zoo’s 2014 Green Fest. 

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Varner Recital Hall
Oakland University, MI [map]
Price: $14 general, $8 students


Popular South Indian singers, world record holders and grandsons of the legendary G.N. Iyengar, K.N. Shashikiran and P. Ganesh sing together as theCarnatica Brothers. With more than 4,500 concert performances to their credit across India, the U.S., the U.K. and Australia, the duo has had a steady rise to stardom in the field of Carnatic music. The Carnatica brothers are recipients of many prestigious awards, including the highest honor conferred for artists by the State Government of Tamilnadu: the Kalaimamani award.

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Waetjen Auditorium, Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH [map]
Price: $40 / $25

A Jazz-Carnatic Collaboration: 
Sangeetha Rathnakara Dr M. Balamuralikrishna (Vocal)
Sangeetha Rathnakara Trichy Sri Sankaran (mridangam)
Smt. Anuradha Sridhar of CA (violin)
Sri P. Ganesh (chitravina)

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Pan Jazz and OU Jazz Band with Etienne Charles
Varner Recital Hall
Oakland University, MI 48309 [map]
Price: $8 all seats


The OU Jazz Band and Steel Drum Combo (Pan Jazz) combine forces to perform innovative new compositions for Big Band with Steel Drums by Etienne Charles & Mark Stone. Mark Stone and Miles Brown, ensemble directors.

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Varner Recital Hall
Oakland University, MI 48309 [map]
Price: $8 all seats


Annual winter concert by OU’s World Music Ensembles (Akwaaba, African ensemble, and Pan-Jumbies, steel band) featuring Trinidadian trumpeter, percussionist and composer Etienne Charles. Charles has received critical acclaim for his exciting performances, thrilling compositions and knack for connecting with audiences worldwide. Perhaps more than any other musician of his generation of Eastern Caribbean origin, Charles brings to his music a careful study of myriad rhythms from the French-, Spanish-, English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean. Mark Stone and Patrick Fitzgibbon – ensemble directors.


Friday, March 14th, 2014

721 East Huron Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
734.665.0606 [map]
Price: $10, $5 for students & seniors

The Mark Stone Trio brings its global soundscapes to this intimate Ann Arbor venue. The concert with feature Mark on gyil xylophone & kalimbas, Alan Grubner on violin, and Dan Piccolo on tabla & frame drum. The performance will include world premieres of several new compositions.

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

7pm to 10pm
525 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 [map]
Price: FREE


Come check out UMMA's "After Hours", a free community event featuring Art, music, and atmosphere. Explore the permanent collection galleries and enjoy special exhibitions, curators' conversations, tours, light refreshments, and live music by the Mark Stone Trio.

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Residency at University Wisconsin
Workshops and Concert
Department of Music
Oshkosh, WI 54901 [map]

Monday, January 20th, 2014

343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 [map]

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Ann Arbor Library with the Biakuye Percussion Group. Sulley Imoro, Mark Stone, and Chinelo Amen Ra will share a wide range of drumming, singing, and dancing from West Africa in this all ages performance.

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Rochester, MI 48309 [map]
Price: $20 general, $10 students

Regina Carter will be the featured guest artist with the Oakland Jazz Quartet and OU Chamber Orchestra for a night of jazz with an orchestral hue. The Oakland Jazz Quartet is Miles Brown, Sean DobbinsScott Gwinnell and Mark Stone. Alan MacNair, conducts the OU Chamber Orchestra. This concert is free for registered participants of OU’s Strings Day.

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

9am to 6pm
Varner Hall, Oakland University
Rochester, MI 48309 [map]
Price: FREE


A feast of percussion from around the world, featuring workshops and individual lessons with Sean Dobbins, Patrick Fitzgibbon, Dan Maslanka, Michael Medvinsky, and Mark Stone. Open to all ages. Workshops cover a wide range of percussion areas (see descrioptions below). Please bring a sack lunch as well as music and mallets/sticks for your individual lesson. Sign up for these 15-minute lessons will take place on site the morning of Percussion Day.

  • 9am to 10:15am –  Varner Recital HalL
  • Drumming in the Classroom with Mike Medvinsky 
  • 10:30am to 11:45am – Room 110 Varner
  • Steel Drums with Patrick Fitzgibbon (learn to play pan)
  • 12 noon to 1:15pm – Room 134 Varner
  • Jazz Drum Set 101 with Sean Dobbins (develop your jazz knowledge)
  • 10:30am to 1:15pm – Room 101 Varner
  • individual lessons with Dan Maslanka(fine tune your solo and ensemble pieces)
  • 10:30am to 1:15pm – Room 106 Varner
  • Individual lessons with Mark Stone (Work on hand drumming or other world percussion)

1:15pm - Lunch Break (bring a sack lunch)

  • 2:15pm to 3:30pm – Room 110 Varner
  • Concert Percussion Fundamentals with Dan Maslanka 
  • 3:45pm to 5pm – Room 134 Varner
  • African Xylophones with Mark Stone (learn to play the embaire)
  • 2:15pm to 5pm – Room 104 Varner
  • Individual lessons with Sean Dobbins (Work on various drum set styles)
  • 2:15pm to 5pm – Room 106 Varner
  • Individual lessons with Patrick Fitzgibbon (fine tune your solo and ensemble pieces)
  • 5pm to 6pm – Room 134 Varner
  • Wrap up/ Reflection (Discuss the days events. Share you thoughts and ask any questions you may have)

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Coimbatore, INDIA [map]


Sponsored by Carnatica

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Indiana Convention Center
Indianapolis, IN [map]
Price: Conference Registration


Research Presentation

Embaire - Xylophone Music of Busoga, Uganda


Friday, November 8th, 2013

World Music Concert with Bill Summers
Oakland University
Varner Recital Hall, Rochester, MI 48309 [map]
Price: $8


Annual fall concert by OU's World Music Ensembles (Akwaaba, African drum ensemble; Ngoma, African xylophone ensemble; and Pan-Jumbies, steel band) featuring legendary percussionist Bill Summers. 

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Bill Summers with the Oakland Jazz Quartet
Oakland University
Varner Recital Hall, Rochester, MI 48309 [map]
Price: $14 General, $8 Students


Multiple Grammy, Billboard and Emmy award-winning musician Bill Summers is a pioneer in the field of world percussion. Joining Summers in concert will be Oakland University's Faculty Jazz Quartet.

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

Sets at 7:30 and 9:00pm
6 Depot Square
Montclair, NJ 07042
973-744-2600 [map]
Price: $10 cover


CD Release Concert!

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

4pm to 7pm
111 East Kirby at John R
Detroit, MI 48202
(313)729-6919 [map]
Price: Adults $10 / Children $2


Sponsored by the Lyman Woodard Organization for the Arts

Mark Stone - Double Second Pans

Lesley-Anne Stone - Lead Pan

Miles Brown - Electric Bass

Leonard King -Drums

Miguel Gutierrez - Percussion

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Varner Recital Hall, Rochester, MI 48309
(248) 370-2030 [map]
Price: FREE


Concert debut of the Mark Stone Trio featuring Alan Grubner and Dan Piccolo.

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Concert @ 1pm / Workshop @ 3pm
/ Eastern Michigan Fairgrounds, 195 Midway, Imlay City, MI [map]
Price: $5.00 - 12 and under free


Sunday, September 1st, 2013

11:30am - 12:15pm
/ Waterfront Stage, Hart Plaza, Detroit MI [map]
Price: FREE


Featured guest artist on Steel Pans, performing music by Etienne Charles

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Drummers' Nite Out at the International Institute
4pm to 7pm
111 East Kirby (at John R)
Detroit, Michigan 48202 [map]
Price: $10

Dr. Prof. Leonard King--drums & vocals, Jerry LeDuff--percussion; Mark Stone--Electric Marimba & percussion; Ozzie Rivera--bongo & conga drums; Miguel Gutierrez--percussion family; Javier Barrios--timbales & percussion
Admission: Adults--$10.00 Children: $2:00 Family Pack: $25.00 (for a family of 5 or more) 
For more information contact: Leonard King DrProf2148@hotmail 

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Philharmonie Berlin
GER [map]

The Bernard Woma Ensemble performs the Gyil Yeru Concerto and Gyil Jumbie Concerto with the Berliner Symphoniker under the direction of Lior Shambadal. 


Monday, April 15th, 2013

4930 South Hagadorn Road
East Lansing, MI [map]
Price: Free, limited seating.

Steel pan master Andy Narell joins Relator, one of the leading calypsonians (calypso singers) in the world, featuring music from the CD University of Calypso with MSU Jazz Orchestra IOakland University Steelband & Mott Steelheads Steel Orchestra

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Southpaw Isle Steelband at Community Presbyterian Church
4301 Monroe Ave
Waterford, MI 48329
(248) 673-7805 [map]
Price: Free

Southpaw Isle brings performs its exciting blend of Caribbean steel pan music and jazz.

Friday, April 12th, 2013

10am and 8pm
Oakland University, Varner Recital Hall
MI 48309
(248) 370-2030 [map]
Price: $6 all seats for 10:00am and $8 all seats for 8:00pm

Annual winter concert by OU’s World Music Ensembles (Pan-Jumbies, Steel Band, and Akwaaba, African Drum and Xylophone Ensemble) featuring world-renowned steel pan artist Liam Teague. Hailed as the “Paganini of the Steel Pan,” Liam Teague currently serves as the Head of Steelpan Studies at Northern Illinois University and has received many awards in his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago. 

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Verizon Hall - Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 South Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 790-5800 [map]
Price: $15 to $40 (depending on seating)

Let the rhythm move you as percussion takes center stage with the energy and excitement of world-renowned soloist Colin Currie and the West African musical traditions of the Bernard Woma Ensemble. Experience the unique sounds of the gyil—an African xylophone—and other African percussion combined with Western orchestral instruments in the revolutionary Gyil Jumbie Concerto. Turn the beat around with The Philadelphia Orchestra!

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Noon Concert Series - Noon
323 Erie St.
Port Huron, MI 48060
(810) 989-5709 [map]
Price: FREE


  • Mark Stone - Gyil xylophone and Kalimba
  • Sulley Imoro - dance, vocals and Lunna talking drum
  • Sawande Keita - Djembe and Kpanlogo drum

Enjoy lunch with the performers following the concert in SC4 Fine Arts Galleries for $10 

 Seating is limited. Reservations required: Call (810) 989-5709 by Monday before concert.

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Have A H'art - Annual Jazz Concert and Fundraiser - 8pm
47 Williams St.
Pontiac, MI 48341
248.333.7849 [map]
Price: $8 advance/$10 at the door


  • Quincy Stewart - Trumpet                                  
  • Carl Cafagna - Saxophones
  • Mark Stone - Vibes and Steel Pans
  • Phil Kelly - Piano
  • Miles Brown - Bass
  • Sean Dobbins - Drums

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Varner Hall, Oakland University
Rochester, MI 48309
(248) 370-2030 [map]
Price: $20 general, $10 students, $6 for children 12 and under; free for children 12 and under who wear a costume!

Is Darth Vader a jazz fan? We may never know unless he attends this jazz concert for the entire family! Renowned violinist Regina Carter and the OU jazz faculty will perform music from your favorite movies, including Cars, Finding Nemo, Apollo 13, Goodfellas and more. Audience members young and old are invited to come dressed in costume as a movie character!

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

10am to 6pm
Varner Hall, Oakland University
Rochester, MI 48309 [map]
Price: FREE

Percussion Day is targeted to all students, junior high through adult, who are interested in the Oakland University  experience.  The entire OU percussion faculty will be present which includes:  Mark Stone, Dan Maslanka, Mike Medvinsky, Sam Jeyasingam, Sean Dobbins with guests Miguel Gutierrez and Sandy Mabery.  The students will enjoy solo and ensemble coaching sessions; learn how to start a school drum group; learn to play the Kanjira; Jazz drum-off; Latin percussion; Steel drums and participate in a drum circle.

The day will be filled with exciting experiences from percussion around the world!
Note: Parents and Teachers are welcome to attend!

·      10am to 1pm – Room 110 Varner Hall

Solo and ensemble coaching with Dan Maslanka

(fine tune your MSBOA percussion pieces)

·      10am to 11:30am – Room 134 Varner Hall

Drumming in the Classroom with Mike Medvinsky

(how to start a school drum group - featuring students from the

Indaba Drumming Ensemble)

·      11:30am – 1pm – Room 134 Varner Hall

South Indian rhythm with Sam Jeyasingam (learn to play the Kanjira)

·      2pm to 4pm – Room 134 Varner

Jazz drum-off with Sean Dobbins

(play a solo, or bring your jazz combo)

·      2pm to 3:30pm – Room 110 Varner

Latin Percussion with Miguel Gutierrez

(learn Latin rhythms on drum-set and other percussion)

·      3:30pm to 5pm – Room 110 Varner

Steel Drums with Mark Stone (learn to play pan)

·      4pm to 5pm – Room 134 Varner

Jazz Drum Set 101 with Sean Dobbins (develop your jazz knowledge)

·      5pm to 6pm – Room 134 Varner Hall

Drum Circle with Sandy Mabery (equality through rhythm).

For more information, contact Deneen Stapleton at

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Varner Hall, Oakland University
Rochester, MI 48309
(248) 370-2030 [map]
Price: $14 general, $8 students

Mark Stone, Lesley-Anne Stone, Issa Sall and Miguel Gutierrez present original compositions and arrangements for steel drums. While rooted in Caribbean pan tradition, Southpaw Isle continually stretches the steelband sound. The group's repertoire is shaped by a wide range of musical traditions, including American jazz, Brazilian samba, and Trinidadian calypso. The group has presented numerous workshops, assemblies, and concerts, including the world premiere of "A Caribbean Christmas Mass" for orchestra, chorus, and steelband.

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

Jazz + World Music Night! - 7 to 11pm
212 E. 52nd St.
New York, NY 10022
(212) 371-7657 [map]
Price: $10 (free with APAP badge)

Third Floor (btw/ 2nd & 3rd Ave.)

7:00 Grupo Los Santos

7:40 Imaginary Homeland

8:20 Kakande

9:00 Grupo Los Santos

9:40 Imaginary Homeland

10:20 Kakande