World-Renowned Electric Violinist Mark Wood to Perform with Cobb High School Students

Cobb high school students will join Emmy award-winning composer, Mark Wood on stage at Harrison High School to perform in “Electrify Your Symphony!” (EYS) on Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. 

Wood is an original member of the multiplatinum-selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra and creator of the revolutionary Viper electric violin. 

The international recording artist is bringing his groundbreaking EYS music education program to Cobb with the help of orchestra directors David Doke, Hillgrove High School; Jim Palmer and Susie Hines, Allatoona High School; and Koji Mori, Harrison High School. 

This exciting event will feature the West Cobb Rock Orchestra performing arrangements of contemporary pop music plus selections by Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, and more! The award-winning musician will perform with the students from Hillgrove, Allatoona, and Harrison High Schools. He will use his handcrafted 7-string fretted electric Viper violin as part of the performance.  

To prepare for this concert, Mark will teach the Cobb students improvisation, composition, and personal expression on their violins, violas, cellos, and basses. Utilizing his music arrangements that were sent to the district prior to this visit, orchestra students will rock alongside the award-winning artist and entertain the audience like never before. 

Mark Wood’s program, now in its 20th year, has been featured on The Today ShowThe CBS Evening News, and many more. Wood and his team will work directly with the schools’ orchestra directors to tailor-design a rock orchestra makeover complete with a public performance at the end of the experience. EYS builds on the strong foundation in traditional music provided by music teachers and creates a partnership with educators that inspires students and boosts their self-esteem and motivation on stage and off. 

Mark Wood is the owner and operator of Wood Violins, the premier manufacturer of electric orchestra string instruments worldwide. He studied under Maestro Leonard Bernstein, is a Juilliard-trained violinist and Emmy-winning composer. In addition to his solo career and his work with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mark has worked with Celine Dion, Lenny Kravitz, Billy Joel and more.  

He is bringing all that experience to Cobb students. The concert is open to the public and all the proceeds benefit music education in Cobb.   

Ticket Info:  $5 at the door Harrison High School  

Venue Info: Performing Arts Center4500 Due West Rd. Kennesaw, GA 30152