Dennis Marks

Title: Associate Professor
Company: University of North Florida
Location: Jacksonville, Florida, United States

Dennis Marks, Associate Professor at the University of North Florida, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education and composition.

Beginning in 2011, Mr. Marks has established himself as an associate professor at the University of North Florida. As a professor of bass, he teaches techniques on acoustic and electric bass, jazz improvisation and jazz fundamentals. Moreover, he is the director of the University of North Florida Jazz Ensemble II big band and has frequently appeared as a guest artist and clinician for numerous schools and in clinics, including the Florida Music Educators Association Conference and the Jazz Educators Convention. Previously, he taught music at Florida International University and the University of Miami. He obtained a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music from the University of Miami in 1989 and 1992 respectively.

In addition to his career as an educator, Mr. Marks is an accomplished musician and composer, having toured the globe as the bassist backing acclaimed jazz musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Arturo Sandoval, Pat Metheny, Dave Liebman, Danny Gottlied and Ed Calle. He has played the Northsea Festival of the Netherlands, the Playboy Jazz Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival. Throughout his career, he has maintained memberships with Broadcast Music Inc., the National Association of Recording Artists, the International Association Jazz Educators, the College Music Society and the American Federation of Musicians. He is proud to have been presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and recognized as the leader of the Best College Instrumental Small Group in 1986 and 1989 as well as the Best College Big Band by Downbeat Magazine in 1989.

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