Mark Bunney"When I first played the Alto GA stone series Cannonball saxophone I immediately knew I had found what I was looking for, I was literally blown away! Having tried everything else on market, the Cannonball far exceeds all others. The action is superb and the responsiveness even at the bottom end is fantastic, the horn has an unparalleled big rich sound throughout the horn right into the fourth octave, playing the altissimo is easier than on any other instrument I've played on, and the intonation of the horn is just great. I can only conclude by saying that the Cannonball truly is the Ferrari of saxophones! Thank you Cannonball for enhancing my playing experience, I am proud to endorse these great instruments." ~ Mark Bunney
BioGospel saxophonist and flautist, Mark Bunney was born and raised in Leicester, England. From a young age Mark was encouraged to develop his musical talents and at three years of age his Father had already taught him to sing a considerable portion of the hymns and choruses frequently sung at church. Mark started his first piano lessons at the age of seven, but he didn't enjoy them and reluctantly did as he was told. As time passed, after a few years of constantly wearing down his mother, she decided enough was enough and Mark's wish to end his piano lessons was finally granted. On that day he distinctively remembers the sad thought that he had failed and would never be musical, but little did he know that God had an entirely different plan for his life.
Four years passed by until one day at age 15, Mark's ears were struck by the beautiful, sultry tone of the saxophone. From that day, his dream was to become one of the world's best saxophonists. A regular and ever increasing practice regime became part of Mark's daily agenda, together with playing alongside other musicians and taking private lessons. With the help of private instructor and Berklee College of Music alumni professor, Jean Toussaint, Mark's aspiration to become a world-class saxophonist took a giant leap when, in a 1997 Paris audition, he was granted a scholarship to attend the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA.
Filled with new challenges, Mark strove to give Berklee his best, achieving top grades in all his subjects. At Berklee, Mark was also fortunate enough to be under the tutelage of smooth jazz recording artist, Walter Beasley and the legendary saxophonist, Bill Pierce, who were major influences on him. Other notable influences include Gerald Albright, Grover Washington Jr, Everette Harp, Najee and Cannonball Adderley, to name a few.
In 2003, Mark launched his music career with the release of his debut album entitled 'Coming Soon'. This was the first project on his own record label, Quiet Revolution Productions. The album was a big hit in the UK instrumental gospel market and has also been successful in the USA. Mark graduated from Berklee College of Music in May 2005 with a magna cum laude Honors degree in Professional Music, specialising in Performance and Music Education.
In October 2006, Mark launched his second CD project, entitled 'For His Praise' - a compilation of classic gospel favourites with a dynamic and exciting jazz twist. Following on from the success of 'For His Praise' Mark is set to continue the theme in his long anticipated third album, "For His Praise II" which is due for release in the early summer of 2011.
Mark's ministry has carried him to performance venues around the world including the UK, USA, Sweden, Bermuda, Czech Republic, Holland, and the Caribbean. He has perfomed on the famous stages of London's Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Arena and Boston's Berklee Performance Center amongst others. Mark has shared the stage with many of the gospel industry's top artists such as Donnie McClurkin, Take 6, Byron Cage, Johnathan Butler, Vanessa Williams, TD Jakes, Eddie Long, Kelli Williams, Wintley Phipps, John Stoddart, The Heritage Singers, 7th Element, Neville Peter to name a few, and is fast becoming widely known in the gospel arena for his inspirational and dynamic performances.
"Musical Ministry is the purpose of my life to offer praise to God and to bless others throught the gift he has given me, I am a Levite in that number God promised so long ago in Jeremiah 33:22."
In May 2010 Mark launched a monumental project the "Saxophone Mastery In a Minute" followed shortly after with "Flute Mastery In a Minute." These are the first correspondence courses of their kind, utilizing the latest technology, Mark is able to offer a monthly lessons course to those who want to become accomplished players. These step-by-step courses are not only fun, challenging & inspirational, but are also hosted and presented by Mark. Using the concept of role-modeling, Mark is able to take an individual from a complete beginner to a professional level. Get more information.
In looking back on his journey, Mark considers himself very blessed to have had many great role models, both musical and non-musical, and pays tribute to each of them.
"I count it a blessing to have had a solid family supporting me at every step of the way, friends and mentors through thick and thin, and the opportunity to travel around the world meeting new people and appreciating other views and cultures".
Mark attributes all his success, past, present and future to his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and considers himself a living testimony of Philippians 4.13,
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me".
His personal message to all is,
"No matter how old or young you are, have a dream for your life. Commit it to God and nurture that dream by acheiving small daily goals until your dream becomes a reality. Never give up no matter what obstacles come your way. Dream big and shoot for the stars, at the very least you’ll land on the moon. And finally, in five, ten, twenty years from now you'll look back and take satisfaction in knowing that you did what you were born to do."
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