Trumpet, Composition, Theory
Mark Tipton, M.M., is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, holds a BM from the Oberlin Conservatory, an MM from the Mannes College of Music (NYC), and attended the 2005 Henry Mancini Institute at UCLA. He has studied trumpet with Jack Sutte (Cleveland Orchestra), Roy Poper (Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra), Ryan Anthony (Canadian Brass), Vincent Penzarella (NY Philharmonic), Charley Davis (Buddy Rich Big Band), Betty Rines (Portland Symphony Orchestra), and John Schnell (Portland Symphony Orchestra), and composition with Richard Hoffman and David Loeb.
Mark’s boundless musical curiosity has led him to perform and compose in myriad styles, including Classical, Jazz, Rock, Folk, Hip-Hop, Avant-Garde, and World genres. He has performed with such artists as Maria Schneider, Ray Barretto, Dave Liebman, John Williams, Quincy Jones, Bobby McFerrin, Christian McBride, Peter Erskine, Wycliffe Gordon, Doc Severinsen, JoAnn Falletta, and Yves Abel. Since 2008 he has led Les Sorciers Perdus (aka “LSP” or “The Lost Wizards”), a multi-genre ensemble that specializes in performing compositions by members of the ensemble, including over 30 silent film scores by Mark, contemporary chamber works, jazz compositions, and multimedia installations. Members include Mark Tipton – trumpet, Danny Fisher-Lochhead – saxophones, Ryan Blotnick – guitar, Tyler Heydolph – bass, and Beau Lisy – percussion. LSP has performed at Bowdoin and Colby Colleges, SPACE Gallery, Mayo Street Arts, the Apohadion Theater, Waterville Opera House (MIFF), The Grand in Ellsworth, 1932 Criterion Theatre in Bar Harbor, One Longfellow Square, Eastport Arts Center, and at other venues. Les Sorciers Perdus released their debut CD, Alchemist’s Dream, in March of 2017, and is working on their second album.
Recent performance premieres have included: “Joan of Arc” (2019), “7th Heaven” (2018) and “Sunrise” (2017) at the Maine International Film Festival (MIFF), “The Haunted Castle” (2019) at Mayo Street Arts, and an evening of new jazz works at Bagaduce Music in July 2019. He currently teaches at the University of Maine and Five Forest Studios (Southwest Harbor), and has taught at Ellsworth Community Music Institute, Bowdoin College, Colby College, USM, and the Portland Conservatory of Music, where he also served as Executive Director.
He released an original album of multi-track trumpet compositions in 2017 titled, New Mythologies for Trumpet(s) in 2017, and is developing material for a second album in a similar vein. Mark is the Founder/CEO of Mark Tipton Music Productions, LLC, and is Development Director at WERU Community Radio. He lives in Hancock with his wife and two cats, and enjoys hiking, running, reading, collecting vinyl, and cultivating community.