Mark Perrett Bio

MARK PERRETT | Author, Designer, Educator

Mark Perrett is an energetic and innovative percussion educator from Florida. As Co-Founder of Gridbook Percussion, Mark has become a world-wide influencer in the percussion community. He has been teaching and performing in the marching activity for over 15 years. His drum corps experience includes touring as a snare performer with the Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps in 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2007. In 2004 and 2007, Teal Sound placed 3rd overall in the Division III DCI World Championships, and was awarded the percussion gold medal for the 2004 season.

In 2008, Mark was the snare technician for the Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps and has been a percussion arranger, clinician, and consultant for numerous high school percussion programs in Florida since 2005. Mark held the position of Battery Coordinator with the Tarpon Springs Outdoor Performance Ensemble from 2013 - 2018. The program marched in the 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and was named the Bands Of America Grand National Champions in 2014.

Since 2012, mark has co-authored and published over 12 method books, multiple warm ups for drumline, and solo literature that is used by percussionists all over the world. He has exhibited his books at events like PASIC and WGI Finals, and his pedagogy has been mentioned in percussion articles like DCI.org and Rhythm & Drums Magazine in Japan. His work has also been showcased at Tropicana Field with the Tampa Bay Rays, Sunset Music Festival, STRAZ Performing Arts Center, TEDx Orlando, and featured on PBS.

Mark continues to push the boundaries of percussion education with Gridbook and innovates the way drumming is taught online with over 30 million impressions a year across multiple social media platforms.

In addition to his talents as a percussion educator, Mark earned a Master’s Degree in Architecture + Community Design from the University of South Florida and is well-versed in graphic design, marketing, photography, videography, apparel design, social media, content creation, branding, and web design.

 LESSONS WITH MARK:

Private Lessons with Mark allows his students to become the best version of themselves all while having fun. His goal is to help his students reach their full potential using a world-class process. Mark is fully invested in his student's success and believes if you put in the work, you can achieve your dreams.

To learn more about private lessons with Mark:

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PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE:

2006-2007 | Teal Sound Drum & Bugle Corps
Snare Drum (Battery Captain)

2005 | Central Florida Community College
Symphonic Band, Jazz Band (Drumset)

2004 / Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps / Snare Drum (Battery Captain)
2003 / Teal Sound Drum & Bugle Corps / Snare Drum
2002 - 2003 / North Marion HS / Snare Drum (Band President, Percussion Section Leader)
2001 / North Marion HS / Snare Drum
2000 / North Marion HS / Bass Drum
2000 - 2004 / North Marion HS / Symphonic Band
2000 - 2004 / North Marion HS / Jazz Ensemble (Drumset)

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

ENSEMBLES

2019 / Kell HS / Percussion Consultant
2013 - 2018 / Tarpon Springs HS / Battery Coordinator
2009 - 2011 / J.W. Mitchell HS / Percussion Instructor
2011 / Land O Lakes HS / Percussion Instructor
2010 / Lakewood Ranch HS / Percussion Instructor
2008 / Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps / Snare Technician
2006 / Westport HS / Percussion Instructor
2005 / North Marion HS / Percussion Instructor

CLINICS, STUDIOS, EDUCATION BOOTHS, & JUDGING

2019 / Grid Book Clinic @ Kell High School Band Camp
2019 / Grid Book Clinic @ DCI Finals D’addario Lot Experience
2018 / Hit Like A Girl Marching Percussion Judge
2018 / SEAVINE Cymbal Scholarship Judge
2018 / 39th Annual University Of Hawaii Rainbow Invitational Percussion Judge
2018 / Grid Book Clinic @ University Of Hawaii
2018 / Grid Book Clinic @ DCI Finals D’addario Lot Experience
2017 / Florida Marching Percussion Academy / Clinician, Curriculum Development
2016 / WGI Finals / Mini Clinic @ Grid Book Education Booth
2015 / PASIC (San Antonio) / Grid Book Mini Clinic @ Grid Book Education Booth
2015 / North Florida Day of Percussion / Mini Clinic @ Grid Book Education Booth
2015 / WGI Finals / Mini Clinic @ Grid Book Education Booth
2014 / WGI Finals / Mini Clinic @ Grid Book Education Booth
2013 / WGI Finals / Mini Clinic @ Grid Book Education Booth
2013 / Grid Book Master Class @ University of Southern Alabama
2013 / Grid Book Master Class @ University of Central Florida
2013 / Grid Book Master Class @ University of South Florida
2013 / Grid Book Master Class @ FAMU
2013 / Grid Book Master Class @ FIU
2013 / Grid Book Master Class @ South Florida Center for Percussive Arts
2013 / Treasure Coast Percussion Camp / Clinician
2013 / FFCC Percussion Focus West | Grid Book Clinic Sponsored by Drumlines Of America
2013 / PAS Florida Day of Percussion / Mini Clinic @ Grid Book Education Booth
2005 / The Music Station / Drum Set Instructor

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ARRANGING EXPERIENCE:

2006 / Westport High School / Percussion Arranger
2003 - 2005 / North Marion High School / Percussion Arranger

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ACCOLADES & AWARDS:

2018 / The Grid Book Series featured in Rhythm & Drums Magazine In Japan
2016 / Marimba Bench wins Architizer A+ Award
2015 / “Play With The Rays” project wins AIA Artisan Award (Marimba Bench Concept)
2015 / Marimba Bench debuts on the Tampa Bay River Walk (Straz Center)
2015 / “Play With The Rays” (Marimba Bats) project debuts at Tropicana Field
2014 / The Grid Book Series featured on DCI.ORG
2014 / Tarpon Springs High School Wins BOA Grand National Championship
2013 / Grid Book Percussion Sponsored By Pearl Drums Co.
2013 / Tarpon Springs High School Performs In Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
2007 / 3rd Place Division III DCI World Championship / Teal Sound
2006 / Grand Finalist, Division III DCI World Championships / Teal Sound
2006 / “Spirit of Disney” Award, DCI World Championships / Teal Sound
2004 / Superior Rating Florida Bandmaster’s Association Solo and Ensemble
2004 / Bronze Medal Finalist, Division III DCI World Championships / Teal Sound
2004 / Percussion Gold Medal, Division III DCI World Championships / Teal Sound
2004 / North Marion High School Talent Show Winner
2001 / “John Philip Sousa” Award / North Marion High School

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PUBLICATIONS:

Drumline Mindset
Drumline Technique
Drumline Movement
Snare Fundamentals
Tenor Fundamentals
Partial Gridding
Independence Gridding
Gridding Concepts For Marching Snare Drum
Gridding Concepts For Marching Tenor Drum
Gridding Concepts For Marching Bass Drum
Gridding Concepts For Front Ensemble Marimba
Gridding Concepts Hybrid Gridding
GB Etudes Vol. 1

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COLLABORATIONS:

2018 / Assisted in Research & Development For The MuseScore Drumline Extension
2018 / The Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps / A Day With Series
2018 / Broken City Indoor Percussion Ensemble / A Day With Series
2018 / Chino Hills HS / A Day With Series
2016 / The Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps / A Day With Series
2015 / Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps / A Day With Series
2012 - 2016 / The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps / A Day With Series

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WATCH MARK PERFORM:

 

WATCH MARK TEACH:

 

WATCH MARK'S STUDENTS PERFORM: 

INFINITY BASSLINE 2019 | Top Bass: Shelby Evans

 

CROSSMEN DRUM & BUGLE CORPS 2018 | Snare Performer: Jackson DiGiovanna + Top Bass: Shelby Evans

 

TROOPERS DRUM & BUGLE CORPS 2017 | Snare Performer: Ryan Lewert

 

7TH REGIMENT DRUM & BUGLE CORPS 2017 | Tenor Performer: Cole Chalupka

 

BREAKTHROUGH INDOOR PERCUSSION 2017 | Snare Performer: Elizabeth Delgado 

 

INFINITY BASSLINE 2017 | Top Bass: Shelby Evans + Second Bass: Jordan Modrak

 

TARPON SPRINGS HS 2016 

 

TARPON SPRINGS HS 2014

 

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