Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame

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Musical History of Mark Ford

Musical Influences 

Mark grew up with NPR radio in the house - jazz, folk, big band, etc.  His grandfather toured the country with the Shrine Band in the early 1900s and was always encouraging an interest in music.

He plays the upright bass, bass guitar (4 and 5-string, fretted and fretless), Moog pedals, and some drums.  Mark says, "I love the way the bass moves you."

Musical Career

1966-1973 Grade school through high school orchestra (violin, bass)
1969-1974 Terre Haute Youth Symphony
1967 Played in a series of bands with Pat Kelley throughout Junior High and High School (Played once at Indy Convention Center for live broadcast for Indiana Cancer Telethon
1973-1976 Lynn Haley Band
Unknown Church bassist for several years
Unknown Church choir on statewide tour (played IU Opera house and Indy Convention Center)
Unknown Kingdom Heirs Quartet
1979-1980 NorthWest Express Roadshow
1980-1981 Jack Jenning’s church choir in Bozeman, Montana (a feeder group for “Up With People”)
1981-1983 Hot Pursuit Band in Bozeman, Montana
1984-1985 Crosswinds Band
1985-1989 Presto
Unknown Heart’s Desire (played several years on the square at Covered Bridge Festival)
Unknown Bruce Borders
Unknown No Borders
Unknown Louie Popejoy
Unknown Roger Market
1998-Now Men of Note Band and Claudia 1998
Unknown Fab Forties Swing Band with Norm Hanson
Unknown Stonehenge Band with John Penry
Unknown Indiana State University Jazz Ensemble
2009-Now Dicky James and the Blue Flames
Unknown Dicky James and the Night Shift

Recorded with Lynn Haley Band, Heart’s Desire, Tracy Richardson, Cowboy Bob Glaze, Karen Whistler, Presto (at Bill Gaither’s Alexandria Studio), Bad Dangos, Dicky James and the Blue Flames, studio bassist for Snowden Music Services, etc.

Live Sound Engineer for many shows – Ronnie McDowell, Bobbie Bare, Dan Seals, Beatlemania Live!, Buddy Greene, Rebecca St. James, Lowell Lundstrom, Johnny Paycheck, Steve Brown, Evan Bayh, Bad Dangos, Old School, Maryland Community Church, George Morgan and Little Roy Wiggins, etc.

Memorable Moments

Presto recorded a “45” for jukebox play.  Heart’s Desire was featured in the Terre Haute Tribune Star’s front page coverage of the annual Covered Bridge Festival in Rockville, IN.  Dicky James and the Blue Flames won the Indiana Blues Challenge in 2011 and 2012 and represented Indiana at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2012 and 2013.  They were also awarded “Best Self-Produced Blues CD” by the Indiana Blues Society.   Performed on Beale Street at the Rum Boogie, Club 152, and Superior Bar.   Performed at the Juke Joint Festival and Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, Mississippi, home of the blues.

Hall of Fame

Mark was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a part of the Class of 2009.

Just three months after his induction, Mark was elected to the Board of Directors.  He was elected to the position of Vice-Chair in 2016.

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Last update on 22 Oct 2016