Drums, Songs and Stories Celebrating Tolerance, Diversity and Multicultural Collaboration My Most Popular K-12 Assembly Program! Starting and ending with the haunting sounds of Overtone Singing from Central Asia and making stops around the world, "Beyond the Borders" celebrates how cultures come together and influence each other. Scroll Down … Check it out about Beyond The Borders
Comments and Program Reviews
Patricia Hallinan, Uriah Hill Elementary School, Peekskill, NY
"Thank you so much for the special evening you gave us. Your program is universally appealing. It was enjoyed by toddlers, grandparents and everyone in between and crossed over cultures and backgrounds!"
Peggy Sheehan, Bethlehem ES
"This was so much better than what I thought I had booked!"
Erica Hines, Naramake School, Norwalk, CT
"Your visit to Naramake School last week was wonderful. I bought one of your tapes and my kids just love it. They listen to it every night at bed time they must know every song or story by now, they are always singing the songs. We are also trying to make some of the instruments. I just wanted to say thank you and please keep up the good work."
Dr. Jerome J. Zack, Banford ES, Canton NY
"Terrific audience participation! Educationally and artistically valuable. I would recommend this program to any school!"
Mindy Halsey, The Children’s School, Stamford, CT
"Everyone enjoyed your performance. I only heard rave reviews from the teachers and my own children who particularly had a good time."
- From a "big kid," captivated by an amazing presenter
Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your "Together We Can Change The World!" program at Chester Elementary School.
Cherry Valley-Springfield School Students & Staff
Dear Mark, Thank you for such a fabulous performance at Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School! The students are still singing "The Pool Rap." It's been on our YouTube favorites ever since. We hope to have you again in the future! Cheers!!!
Patty Langer, Woodstock ES
"I would never have imagined his performance could truly be as breathtaking had I not been experiencing it myself!"
Guilford Arts Center
"Mark Shepard is a one man Multi-Media Event!"
Tara Flores, Oliver MS, Lawrence MA
"One student said, 'Mr Shepard is a master teacher. Language Arts, Geography, Music and even Creole and French were included in his performance of the Drum of The Elephant King.' I thought her comment exemplified how truly impressive your performance was!"
Susan Woythaler, Portsmouth RI Schools
"The students were ENTHRALLED!"
Dodie McCartney, The Buckley School, NYC
"Thank you so much! Your storytelling is superb and the use of percussion only enhanced the story. The student involvement brought your performance to till another level. We have never had such a fabulous assembly!"
Nathalie Waldman, Dwight School, Seoul South Korea
Dear Mark, My Grade 5 students at Dwight School Seoul International located in Seoul, South Korea are very inspired by your song, "Together We Can Change the World." They would like to sing and play it for their end of year ceremony, Thank you!
Tina Agati, Children's Community School
"Our experience with Mark Shepard was a complete success. The performance was first rate and our students and teachers enjoy a wonderful and creative day. Mark was a delight to work with from planning to performance!"
Stony Point School
"The Children went away filled with joy!"
Eileen Fine, Middlesex Middle School Darien, CT
We all loved your program!
Brian Ary, Headmaster Buckley School, NYC
"Brisk, entertaining and appropriately participatory. Presented for each span of grades at the right level for understanding and appreciation."
Barbara Weiss, Temple Hill academy, Newburgh NY
"What went well? EVERYTHING! Excellent performance!"
Diana Amara, Chester Elementary School
Thanks, Mark. We really enjoyed the show! :o)
Linda Winzer, Lyme Consolidated School
"Outstanding! The staff surveys have been extremely positive."
Karen Clark, Sterling Memorial School, Oneco, CT
"Such a fabulous Performance!! All the students (K-8) were still buzzing about it the next day. the teachers had nothing but great praise for the assembly. DrumSongStory is tops."
Program: Beyond the Borders
Mark Shepard's DrumSongStory™ School Assemblies and Family Concerts Combine Traditional Folktales and Original Stories Drums from Around the World Sparkling Original songs Central Asian Overtone Singing African Yodeling and Throat Whistling (a totally unique technique) DrumSongStory™ Programs are appropriate for all ages and … Check it out about DrumSongStory
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Mark Shepard is a multi-disciplinary performing and teaching artist who uses drums, songs and stories to interactively engage, entertain and educate audiences of all ages in performance, keynote and staff development programs. Since 1993 he has been recognized as a "master teaching artist" … Check it out about About