Mark Alan Wade
National Hammered Dulcimer Champion, Mark Alan Wade, has performed and taught hammered dulcimer for over 25 years. A multi-instrumentalist, the trumpet is actually his primary instrument. As a student, his trumpet playing was his gateway into music schools and it allowed him to expand his musical limits throughout academia. This culminated in his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance degree from The Ohio State University. Although it is an unusual pairing, his formal trumpet study has shaped him into the dulcimer player he is today.
Dr. Wade is an invited lecturer and performer for the Cimbalom World Association, the international professional organization for dulcimer players and professors. In 2013, he was a featured performer at their World Congress in Taipei, Taiwan. He has performed in Canada, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. In the U.S., he has performed for audiences of notables including Presidents George Bush Sr., President Bill Clinton, Ross Perot, and the former U.S. Secretary of Defense, William S. Cohen.
As a trumpeter, Wade has also performed with the Beach Boys, the Lancaster Festival Orchestra, the Buckinghams, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Lima Symphony Orchestra, Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra.
Mark and his wife, Cristina, recently moved to Akron, OH with their two sons. He has published six instructional books for hammered dulcimer, and seven CD albums.