Mark Ferguson has over twenty years of experience in the music industry, working as a pianist, trombonist, composer, arranger, producer, and educator.
He has performed with many of the world’s great artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Gil Evans, Nelson Riddle, Dionne Warwick, Natalie Cole, Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdink, Rosemary Clooney, Carol Channing, Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass, Holly Cole, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Mark also tours regularly with the Funk Brothers of “Standing in the Shadow of Motown” fame.
As a composer his credits include the CBC television series Life & Times, Cottage Country, and On the Road Again. Mark has written a film score entitled Transformation for the Canadian Museum of Civilization and created the music for Corel’s video editing software Lumiere. His original compositions are featured in Treehouse Television’s series Toy Castle, advertising jingles for radio and T.V. and in the recordings of various artists.
Mark has written musical arrangements for a wide range of groups including the RCMP Band, the Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces, the HMCS Stadacona Band, the Edmonton Armed Forces Band, and his own latin-jazz ensemble Los Gringos.
Mark and Holly Larocque began their musical collaboration with “Past Forgetting” the recreated World War II troop show which toured Canada in 1995. On New Years Eve 2001 they launched their current Big Band project which has delighted audiences in such diverse venues as the glamorous Theatre du Casino du Lac Leamy, the Ottawa Jazz Festival, and in various locations on tour through the spring of 2004.
As a music educator Mark has taught trombone at Toronto’s York University and Humber College, piano at Ottawa’s Carleton University, and piano, arranging, and jazz improvisation at the Chelsea Bridge Summer Jazz Camp. He has directed the University of Ottawa Jazz Ensemble, and has served as a jazz clinician at high schools and universities across Canada.