MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Emmy Award-winning musician and electric violinist, Mark Wood, spent much of Tuesday working with local students as part of his “Electrify Your Strings” musical education program.
Award-winning musician Mark Wood (right) has toured with famous musicians such as Celine Dion and Billy Joel.
"His agent reached out to me and said he would be in the U.P. this week and wondered if we were interested in having him. I thought it was a great idea to bring him in, so we worked together and made it happen, and here he is,” said Marquette Area Public Schools (MAPS) Orchestra Director, Eric Marta.
Wood, who is also an original member of the famous Trans-Siberian Orchestra, says his passion is really helping students find and foster a love for music.
"I have found out that through all this time working with kids, it changes their lives. And when you have the ability to affect somebody's thought process and the way they think of themselves, that to me, is far-reaching,” Wood said.
The energy inside of the Kaufman Auditorium was high as Wood directed the orchestra of high school students Tuesday afternoon.
Marta adds that Wood has had an effect on students, encouraging them to reach for the next level.
"I’ve seen a lot of smiles, I’ve seen a lot of movement, and I’ve seen a lot of excitement,” said Marta.
Wood, who travels around the country teaching thousands of students, says he was blown away by the skill of Marquette’s young musicians.
"We had five minutes to get to know each other real fast, and they had to get comfortable with me. They were very quick to understand our mission, which is about bringing people together,” Wood added.
Students celebrated their time with Wood by performing two concerts with him Tuesday evening.
The Bothwell Middle School Orchestra played at 6 p.m. with the Marquette Senior High School Orchestra playing at 7:30.
For more on Wood’s career and musical education program, click here.