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Marcus Ballard

Swirling Vortex*, Brian Rhodes

Arcanum, Alan Theisen


Marcus Ballard is a native of El Dorado, Arkansas, and a graduate of Henderson State University. Upon completing a Bachelor of Music in 2002, Ballard went on to complete a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Southern Mississippi under the instruction of world-renowned saxophonist Lawrence Gwozdz. He is currently assistant professor of woodwinds and music history at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. He also performs and records regularly with several bands in the New Orleans area. He has appeared in performances with Ellis Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Donald Harrison, Javon Jackson, Allen Vizzutti, Bernadette Peters, Bob Dorough, the Sinfonia Gulf Coast, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Young at Heart Big Band (El Dorado, Arkansas) and the Texarkana Jazz Orchestra (Texas).

* denotes World Premiere.