International recording artist and Emmy award winning composer Mark Wood, an original member of the multiplatinum selling TransSiberian Orchestra and creator of the revolutionary Viper electric violin, is bringing his groundbreaking music education program Electrify Your Strings to Exeter Township Sr. High School. This exciting event will transform the student musicians into a full-fledged Rock Orchestra.

Mark will be performing with the students on his handcrafted seven string fretted electric Viper violin as part of the 2014 Electrify Your Strings “Velocity Tour” on Feb. 10 at the Exeter Township Sr. High School at 7 p.m. The audience will be entertained by Mark’s original material, as well as his exciting arrangements of music by Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, and more. Exeter students from Exeter Township Sr. High School, Jr. High School, Reiffton School and Loraine, Jacksonwald and Owatin Creek Elementary schools will perform in a live concert alongside Mark Wood, open to the public with all profits going to the school’s music program.

When asked about Mark’s upcoming visit, Orchestra Director Brian Mishler said, “The students and faculty are extremely excited about working with a world class musician such as Mark Wood. This is a wonderful opportunity for the community of Exeter Township.”

The program – now in its 15th year – is a music education experience like no other. Wood and his team work directly with a school’s orchestra director to tailor design a rock orchestra makeover complete with a public performance at the end of the experience.

EYS builds on the strong foundation in traditional music provided by music teachers; creating a partnership with educators that inspires students and boosts their self;esteem and motivation on stage and off. EYS has been featured on The Today Show, The CBS Evening News, and many more.

Mark Wood is the owner and operator of Wood Violins, the premier manufacturer of electric orchestra string instruments worldwide. He studied under Maestro Leonard Bernstein, is a Juilliard trained violinist and Emmy-winning composer. In addition to his solo career and his work with the TransSiberian Orchestra, Mark has worked with Celine Dion, Lenny Kravitz, Billy Joel and more.

To prepare for this concert, Mark will be teaching the students improvisation, composition, and personal expression on their violins, violas, cellos and basses. Utilizing Mark’s music arrangements that were sent to the district prior to this visit, Exeter Township orchestra students will perform in a live concert alongside Mark Wood, open to the public with all profits going to the school music programs:

Feb. 10 at 7 p.mExeter Township Sr. High School Auditorium

201 E. 37th St.Reading, Pa.Ticket Information: Ticket are nearly sold out; tickets can be obtained by emailing bsmishler@exeter.k12.pa.us

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