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Notable Performances

Recent and Future Events

April, 2014: Tour of Suthwest US with Sound Alliance and Vocal Union

July 20, 2013: Faculy Showcase with Sound Alliance

June 12, 2013: Out of Nowhere, start of mini-tour, regional

April 3, 2013: A Night at the Swing Club with Sound Alliance and Vocal Union, BYUI

February 20-24, 2013: Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Sound Alliance, Combos, student soloists

February 8-9, 2013: Delfaeyo Marsalis with Sound Alliance, BYUI

January 19, 2013: Our of Nowhere ((Watkins, Nielsen and Nielsen, Miller, Lawrence), BYUI

January 11, 2013: Martin Luther King Banquet, Idaho Falls

December 8, 2012: Swingin' Christmas with Sound Alliance and Vocal Union, BYUI

October 20, 2012: Masquerade Ball with Sound Alliance, BYUI

September 22, 2012: BYU–Idaho Faculty Jazz Ensemble

July 21, 2012: Luxembourg Blues 'n Jazz Rallye

July 20, 2012: Place D'Armes, Luxembourg

July 16-18, 2012: residency at Landeshauptstadt Hannover Musikschule, Germany

July 10-15, 2012: St. Andrews, Scotland; World Saxophone Congress

July 7, 2012: Jomfruin, Reykuavik, Iceland

June 22, 2012: FOUR with Sound Alliance, BYU–Idaho

April 8-22, 2012: Sound Allinace and Vocal Union tour of Puerto Rico and The Dominican Republic

April 4, 2012: Sound Alliance/Vocal Union Pre-Tour Concert

February 10-11, 2012: Ingrid Jensen with Sound Allince at BUI–Idaho

January 14, 2012: Martin Luther King Banquet, Idaho Falls

December 10, 2011: Ed Calle, Swingin' Christmas (jazz ensemble, orchestra, choir)

October 21, 2011: Masqueade Ball, Sound Alliance, BYU–Idaho

July 16, 2011: Conrad Herwig with Sound Alliance

June 18, 2011: Rexburg Air Show, Sound Alliance

April 30, 2011: Night at the Swing Club with Sound Allinace and Vocal Union, BYU–Idaho

April 1, 2011: April Fool's Dance, Sound Allinace with South Fremont and Sugar City HS

February 24, 2011: Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival (Sound Alliance), Moscow, ID

February 5, 2011: Eric Marienthal with Sound Alliance at BYU–Idaho

Fall, 2010: Sabbatical Leave, compilation of saxopone vocal tract book

July 17, 2010: Brad Goode with Sound Alliance at BYU–Idaho

July 5-6, 2010: Sound Alliance recording sessions, Soularium, Alpine, UT

June 9, 2010: BYU–Idaho Faculty Jazz Ensemble concert and video recording

April, 2010: Sound Alliance and Vocal Union tour of Kansas City, Chicago, et al

March 24, 2010: Guest, Utah State jam session, Logan, UT

January 30, 2010: Kristin Korb with Sound Alliance at BYU–Idaho

December 8, 2009: Swingin' Christmas with Sound Alliance and Vocal Union, BYU–Idaho

November 17, 2009: Michele Weir jam session, BYU–Idaho

October 23, 2009: Masquerade Ball with Sound Alliance, BYU–Idaho

July, 2009: FOUR Tour of Southeast Asia including the XV World Saxophone Congress, Bangkok
May 29, 2009: FOUR and BYU–Idaho Faculty Jazz Ensemble at BYU–Idaho
April 11-26, 2009: Sound Alliance Tour of Southern California, USA including LA and San Diego
March 31, 2009: Pre-tour Concert with Vocal Union at BYU–Idaho
March 14, 2009: Wycliffe Gordon with Sound Alliance at BYU–Idaho
February 9, 2009: Dominic Spera with Sound Alliance at BYU–Idaho

January 26-27, 2009: Gene Aitken workshops

Premiers

Originals or commissions by Mark Watkins and professional events; does not include the 30 saxophone quartet premiers with FOUR and HBSQ or combo charts with Swingset, the current BYU–Idaho Faculty Jazz Ensemble, or premiers as a member of a student ensemble.

July 12, 2012: Freer ör Edgier for Saxophone Quartet, World Saxophone Congress, Scotland

July 12, 2012: The Revival [revised version] for Saxophone Quartet, WSC, Scotland

July 12, 2012: Tenor Madness [revised version] for Saxophone Quartet, WSC, Scotland

July 12, 2012: FOURway Stop [revised version] for saxophone Quartet, WSC, Scotland

June 22, 2012: The Revival for FOUR (saxophone quartet) and Sound Alliance (jazz ensemble), BYUI

June 22, 2012: The Getaway: Cops and Robbers for FOUR and Sound Alliance

June 22, 2012: Freer ör Edgier for FOUR and Sound Alliance

June 22, 2012: On a Warm Summer's Evenin' for FOUR and Sound Alliance

June 22, 2012: Felices para siempre for FOUR and Sound Alliance

April 8-22, 2012: The Revival for jazz ensemble, Sound Alliance DR/Puerto Rico Tour

April 8-22, 2012: Freer ör Edgier for jazz ensemble, Sound Alliance DR/Puerto Rico Tour

December 25, 2011: Far, Far Away on Judea's Plains for Tenor Saxophone and Pinao

April 17, 2010: O, How Lovely was the Morning for Soprano Saxophone and Piano, Chicago

April 18, 2010: Lead Kindly Light for Saxophone Quartet, San Diego

July 17, 2009: Chim Chim Cheree (quartet and concert band), The Revival (quartet and jazz

     ensemble), There Will Never Be Another You (quartet and jazz ensemble), University of the

     Philippines

July 14, 2009: FOURway Stop (a cappella version), The Arts House, Singapore

July 9, 2009: FOURway Stop, with the Mahidal University faculty jazz trio, XV World Saxophone

     Congress, Bangkok

July 8, 2009: Arkansas Power Surge by Paul Elwood for Mark Watkins and Jon Gudmundson, XV

     World Saxophone Congress, Bangkok

March 19, 2008: Sound Alliance with the Idaho Falls Symphony, orchestra premier On a Warm    

     Summer’s Evenin’ and Chim Chim Cheree, solo features

February 29, 2008: Sousa Concert with the BYU–Idaho Symphony Band, performance of original

     concerto Three Contemplations for saxophone quartet and orchestra in preparation for official

     premier at the XV World Saxophone Congress in Bangkok, Thailand

April-May 1987: Brigham Young University Wind Symphony Tour of Great Britain; concerto soloist,

     premier of tenor saxophone and concert band arrangement of Dominico Cimarosa Concerto for

     Oboe and Strings
October 29 and 30, 1999: Halloween Concert, tenor saxophone feature with Ricks College Symphonic

     Band, original composition premier Of Things Hoped For

October 22, 1998: Concordia College Concert Band, premier of Russ Peterson’s …Who Needs Enemies

     for saxophone quartet and concert band
May 31, 1998: Moorhead, MN High School, premier of commission With Friends Like These… for

     saxophone quartet and concert band
April 3, 1997: Recital, NDSU, premier of Rag and Toccata for reed quartet (Le Quatuor d'Anches),

     Tayloe Harding
August 1992: Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. premier production of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,

     clarinet book
April 1988: Senior Recital, Brigham Young University, premier of Vivaldi Concerto, F. VIII, No. 35 for

     tenor saxophone and piano
March 1988: North American Saxophone Alliance, Region 2, Convention, Las Vegas; premier Mozart

     Concerto, K. 191 for tenor saxophone and piano
March 1988: North American Saxophone Alliance, Region 2 Convention, Las Vegas, premier A Life in

     the Day: prelude and fugue for saxophone quartet

Concertos/Features with Orchestra or Band

May, 2012: Chim, Chim, Cheree for Saxophone Quartet and Concert Band; Saxitude with the

     Luxembourg City Band

July 17, 2009: Of Things Hoped For (quartet and concert band), Chim Chim Cheree (quartet and

     concert band), The Revival (quartet and jazz ensemble), There Will Never Be Another You

     (quartet and jazz ensemble), University of the Philippines

March 19, 2008: Sound Alliance with the Idaho Falls Symphony, On a Warm Summer’s Evenin’ and

     Chim Chim Cheree, solo features
February 29, 2008: Sousa Concert with the BYU–Idaho Symphony Band, performance of original

     concerto Three Contemplations for saxophone quartet and orchestra in preparation for official

     premier at the XV World Saxophone Congress in Bangkok, Thailand
October 7, 2005: Concert with the Idaho Falls Symphony; Ibert Concertino da Camera, FOUR With

     Friends Like These
March 31, 2000: Idaho Music Educator’s Conference, Of Things Hoped For with the BYU–Idaho

     Symphonic Band
October 29 and 30, 1999: Halloween Concert, tenor saxophone feature with Ricks College Symphonic

     Band, original composition premier Of Things Hoped For

October 22, 1998: Concordia College Concert Band, premier of Russ Peterson’s …Who Needs Enemies

     for saxophone quartet and concert band
May 31, 1998: Moorhead, MN High School, premier of commission With Friends Like These… for

     saxophone quartet and concert band
March 3-March 10, 1996: Gold Star Concert Band (NDSU) Tour of Minneapolis/St. Paul Area; ten

     performances of composition Fantasia for Alto Saxophone and Band by Claude T. Smith
October 1987: Brigham Young University Philharmonic Orchestra, concerto soloist Ibert Concertino da

     Camera
April-May 1987: Brigham Young University Wind Symphony Tour of Great Britain; concerto soloist,

     premier of tenor saxophone and concert band arrangement of Dominico Cimarosa Concerto for

     Oboe and Strings

Jazz

Sound Alliance and Vocal Union Tours

2014: Southwest US

2012: Puerto Rico and The Dominican Republic

2010: Kansas City to Chicago

2009: Las Vegas, L.A.,San Diego

2007: Chile, South America including Santiago and Conception
2005: Northwest, USA including Seattle and Portland
2003: Western Canada including Calgary
2001: Upper Mid-West including Minneapolis/St. Paul

 

FPUR: Tur of Iceland, Scotland, Germany, and Luxembourg 2012

July 21: Luxembourg Blues 'n Jazz Rallye

July 20: Place D'Armes, Luxembourg

July 16-18: residency at Landeshauptstadt Hannover Musikschule, Germany

July 10-15: St. Andrews, Scotland; XVI World Saxophone Congress

July 7: Jomfruin, Reykuavik, Iceland

 

FOUR: Tour of Southeast Asia, 2009

July 5-7: Rangsit University, residency (lecture, rehearsals, performance)

July 9: XV World Saxophone Congress, Bangkok; with the Mahidol University faculty jazz trio

July 10: Royal Queen's Park Hotel, performance and jam session host

July 13: 938LIVE Singapore, radio show live interviews, airplay of CD's

July 14: The Arts House, Singapore

July 15-19: University of the Philippines, Quezon City, residency (clinics, rehearsals, performance)


FOUR Tour of Europe, 2006
July 4: Jazzland, Vienna, Austria
July 8: XIV World Saxophone Congress, Ljubljana, Slovenia
July 15: Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival, Rome, Italy
July 19: Jazz After Dark, London, England

Other performances with FOUR:

June 22: FOUR with Sound Alliance, BYU–Idaho

June 5, 2009: FOUR with the BYU–Idaho Faculty Jazz Trio

June 10-12, 2008: recording sessions, BYU–Idaho, Rexburg, ID
Mar. 1, 2008: recording sessions, BYU–Idaho Symphony Band
Feb. 29, 2008: with BYU–Idaho Symphony Band
June, 15-16, 2006: Jazz in the Canyon, Twin Falls, ID
May 25-27, 2006: recording sessions, Platinum Lab, Bountiful, UT
Apr. 6, 2006: Gene Harris Jazz Festival
Mar. 3-4, 2006: BYU–Idaho Jazz Festival
Feb. 24, 2006: Utah State University
Jan. 26, 2006: Brigham Young University–Idaho
Dec. 6, 2005: CSI Jazz Workshop Series
Nov. 20, 2005: Jazz Vespers, Salt Lake City
Oct. 7, 2005: with Idaho Falls Symphony
Sept. 30, 2005: Brigham Young University–Idaho

Swinget Tour of Italy, 2001
July 11: Opera Don Guanella, Rome
July 12, 13, 19: Isola Del Cinema, Tibor River, Rome
July 15, 22: Umbria Jazz Festival invitation (declined due to Sunday)
July 18: Le Canarie Club, Pascara (Adriatic Sea)
July 20: L’Aquila Club, City of Aquila
July 21: New Theatre of the Rock, inauguration, Spoleto
July 23: Via Mola di Bernardo, Terni
July 24: Libri Sulla Cresta Dell’onda, Sperlonga (Ulysses Riviera)

Hard-Bop Saxophone Quartet (1996-99/founder)
January 23, 1999: National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors 1999 National

     Symposium, Ball State University, Muncie, IN
October 22, 1998: Concordia College Concert Band, premier of Russ Peterson’s …Who Needs Enemies

     for saxophone quartet and concert band
July 24, 1998: KDSU’s River Jazz Week
May 31, 1998: Moorhead, MN High School, premier of commission With Friends Like These… for

     saxophone quartet and concert band
March 27, 1998: Biennial Conference of the North American Saxophone Alliance, Northwestern

     University, Evanston, IL
March 12, 1998: Plains Art Museum, inauguration of the FM Symphony "Classic with A Twist" series in

     conjunction with the art museum
February 13, 1998: Minnesota Music Educator's Convention, Minneapolis, MN,.
February 7, 1998: NDSU Jazz Festival
January 24, 1998: First Annual Concordia College Day of Jazz, MN

Jazz Arts Group Big Band (1995-1999)
Concerts with: Louis Bellson, Freddie Cole, Connie Evingson, Kathy Jensen, Mary Marshall, Bill Watrous, Kevin Mahogony, Bob Mintzer, Valarie Ponamarov, Marlena Shaw, Clark Terry, Irv Williams, Bruce Eidem, Mike Christianson, Pete Christlieb, Jack Sheldon, Gene Harris, Harvey Wainapel, Conte Candoli, and Johnny Frigo

Performances with Synthesis (BYU Provo)
1988: Tour of Europe; North Sea, Montraux, and Antibes jazz festivals, and Air Paris Radio
1988: Epcot Center Jazz Festival
1987: Downbeat Jazz Festival, Chicago
1986: National Association of Jazz Educators Convention, San Diego
1986: Disneyland
1984: Tour of California, Berkeley Jazz Festival (Grand Prize)

Other Performance Events
June, 2001: Swingset, Utah Arts Festival, Salt Lake City, UT
1995-1999: Dick King Classic Swing Orchestra with Prudence Johnson
October 24-25, 1998: North Dakota Music Teacher’s Association Convention, opening concert,

     performances by the NDSU Jazz Combo and the NDSU Saxophone Quartet

November 1998: CD recording with Prudence Johnson
February 20, 1998: Great Plains Jazz Festival, Bismarck, ND
February 3, 1996: NDSU Jazz Festival, featured soloist on premier of Don’t Step On Your Neck (solo

     and jazz ensemble) with Frank Mantooth, Lou Fischer, and Scott Prebys
1989-1991, 1994: David Baker Jazz Ensemble
1990: ER Big Band (Eugene Rousseau)
April 1989: PBS Special “Big Band Extravaganza,” tenor saxophone feature
March 1989: 17th Annual Brass Conference and Music Festival, New York, Dominic Spera Big Band

     with Jon Faddis
1988-1989: Dominic Spera Jazz Ensemble
1988-1991: Al Cobine Big Band

Performance experience includes working with the following:
Randy Brecker, David Baker, Al Cobine, Jerry Coker, Eliane Elias, Gary Foster, Lionel Hampton, Laurel Massé, Rich Matteson, Eugene Rousseau, Bob Shepherd, Jim Snydero, Suzanne Summer, Bill Watrous, Ed Calle, Harold Jones, Clay Jenkins, Corey Christiansen, Jeff Campbell, Wycliffe Gordon, Marvin Stamm, Nicholas Payton, Cyrus Chestnut, Gene Aitken, Byron Stipling, Tom Walsh, Jerry Coker, Dominic Spera, Gene Aitken, Dominic Spera, Bill Mays, Ed Soph, Reggie Thomas, Michele Weir, Kristin Korb, Brad Goode, Ingrid Jensen, Conrad Herwig, Eric Marienthal, and many others

Classical

Recitals

July 8, 2009: Premier of Arkansas Power Surge by Paul Elwood for Mark Watkins and Jon

     Gudmundson, XV World Saxophone Congress, Bangkok

December 1, 2006: Grand Teton Music Festival Fall Concert with Elizabeth Buck (ASU), Martin

     Schuring (ASU), Marlene Pauley (St. Paul Chamber Orchestra), and Jason Hardink (Utah

     Symphony); Jackson, Wyoming
June 22, 2000: Music Faculty Show Case; Mozart Concerto, K. 191 for tenor saxophone and piano
September, 1999: Joint Faculty Recital, Jean Baptiste Singelée Sixième Solo de Concert, Op. 92
April 3, 1997: Le Quatuor d'Anches Recital, North Dakota State University, Fargo
April 2, 1997: Le Quatuor d'Anches Recital, Moorhead State University, MN
November 3, 1997: Faculty Flute Recital, Dr. Mark Watkins with Debra Harris (MSU)
October 24, 1996: Faculty Alto Saxophone Recital, Beckwith Recital Hall, NDSU
February 8, 1995: Faculty Recital, Brigham Young University, multiple woodwinds
March 1994: Final Doctoral Recital, Indiana University, multiple woodwinds
February 1993: Doctoral Recital, Indiana University, multiple woodwinds
March 1992: Doctoral Recital, Indiana University, multiple woodwinds
March, 1991: Doctoral Qualifying Recital, Indiana University
November 1990: Masters Recital, Indiana University
April 1988: Senior Recital, Brigham Young University
Jan. 1988, Feb. 1987, Oct. 1987, Mar. 1985: Student Recitals, Brigham Young University

Other Performance Events
February 17, March 28-31, 2000: Symphonic Band, concert and tour; contra-alto clarinet and tenor

     saxophone
November 10, 11, 20, 1997: Recital/Clinics with Dr. Timothy Justus
1995, 96, and 97: NDSU Saxophone Quartet Tours: Lecture Recitals, 30 performances each year
June 23, 1995: Heliotrope Saxophone Quartet, KUTV News, Salt Lake City, UT
June 25, 1995: Heliotrope Saxophone Quartet, Utah Arts Festival, Salt Lake City, UT
January 31, 1995: Utah Saxophone Quartet, Weber State University, Ogden, UT (guest)
February 1, 1995: Utah Saxophone Quartet, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT (guest)
December 1994: Four Winds Woodwind Quartet, Springville Art Museum
1987: National Intercollegiate Band, Ann Arbor, MI
1987: Brigham Young University Concerto Competition, winner
1986: Utah State Intercollegiate Band
1986: Brigham Young University Faculty Saxophone Quartet

Musical Productions
Carrousel, Company, Damn Yankees, The Devils of Loudon, Hello Dolly, Jubilee, The Merry Widow, Oklahoma, Our Town, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, West Side Story, The Wiz, Let It Ring, Crazy for You

LP/CD Recordings

2013: Out of Nowhere, to be recorded June 2013

2012: FOURway Stop, recorded June 2012, to be released by Jazz Hang in 2013

2010: Sound Alliance, recorded on July 5-6 at Soularium Studios, unreleased

2010: The BYU–Idaho Faculty Jazz Ensemble, video recorded on June 9 (in production)

2008: On the Other Hand; BYU–Idaho Faculty Jazz Ensemble, local release, sold out
2008: On a Warm Summer's Eveinin'; FOUR (Jazz Hang Records 2010)
2006: Sound Alliance and Vocal Union; BYU–Idaho
2006: With Friends Like These; FOUR, FOURjazz, sold out
1999: Don’t Step On Your Neck; Hard-Bop Saxophone Quartet, Sea Breeze Jazz, sold out
1998: King Swings, Pru Sings; Dick King Classic Swing Orchestra with Prudence Johnson, MPR

     Studios, St. Paul, MN, Sleeper Records
1999: And That’s That; Jazz Arts Group Big Band, Fermata Records
1988: Live from Montraux, recording of Big Band Night performance at Montraux Jazz Festival;

     Synthesis, Brigham Young University
1987: Live from the British Isles: Brigham Young University Wind Symphony 1987, tenor saxophone

     concerto, recorded in Bath, Wales
1986: Synthesis; Synthesis, Brigham Young University
1984: Shapin' Up; Synthesis, Brigham Young University

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