Mark Stevens

Mark played clarinet on "String of Pearls" at the St. Paul Children's Hospital Association Fifty-Eighth Annual Ball, November 17, 2007. Mark plays clarinet.
Mark plays an F on his 1932 "fingernail filer" Conn bari sax. Mark played baritone sax at the band's October 8, 2002, sit-in night. Mark played tenor sax and clarinet in the June 11, 2011, concert at Beacon Hill.

Mark performs on alto, tenor, and bari sax, clarinet, bass clarinet, and flute. From 1966 through 1975 he was very active in the Twin Cities Top 40 scene. He played tenor sax in Soul Sensations from 1966 through 1969, then tenor in the band Oedipus, which changed its name to Cricket and was one of the first bands to play at The Depot (which eventually became First Avenue Nightclub). From 1971 through 1975, Mark played in Open Road, an eight-piece horn band that performed throughout the midwest and backed singer Patty Peterson.

After a 20-year break from performing, Mark once again joined the Twin Cities music scene, this time emphasizing concert bands, big bands, and pit orchestras. He plays in the St. Paul Police Band and plays baritone sax in the Hopkins Westwind Concert Band. Besides subbing in the Roseville Big Band, Mark subs on saxes in the Minneapolis Police Swing Band and Jerry O'Hagen's Big Band. He's also subbed on baritone and tenor sax for rehearsals of Percy Hughes' Ellington Echoes.

You might have also heard Mark playing alto sax in performances of the Hopkins and Fridley polka bands.

Keeping in touch with the old masters such as Bach, Handel and Mendelssohn, Mark plays clarinet with the Woodbury Chorus and Orchestra, an all-volunteer, non-profit musical group that was organized to raise money for local area food shelves.

If you've recently attended Twin Cities community theater musical performances, there's a good chance that you've heard Mark playing saxes, flute, clarinet, or bass clarinet. He has played for musicals by the Lakeshore Players, Heritage Community Theater, Rosetown Players, Curtain Call Players, Metropolitan Players, and several other adult and school theater groups.