MARK A. CROFT

 

 “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. 'Til your good is better and your better is best.”

 

- Favorite quote by St. Jerome (347-420 A.D.)

 

Good musicians set challenging goals and reach them. Great musicians set goals, but keep their actual sights focused on that fertile expanse of territory beyond what they think they can achieve and then chart a course. They may never land, but it’s the journey beyond the boundaries that takes their skill level past what they ever imagined possible.

 

For Mark Croft; a professional trumpeter for more than 30 years whose primary influences extend from the classical brilliance of Jascha Heifetz and Igor Stravinsky to jazz greats Louis Armstrong and John Coltrane, the objective has always been to keep his goals just a few inches beyond his reach. Croft continues to polish what’s better about his music until “better is best”.

 

Throughout his career, Croft has gained experience as a performer, composer and arranger. Mark is comfortable in a variety of genres from straight ahead jazz to blues and R&B.

Over the course of his career Mark has performed with the likes of:

  • Aretha Franklin,

  • "Dizzy" Gillespie,

  • David "Fathead" Newman,

  • The Floaters,

  • Martha Reeves,

  • Gladys Knight,

  • The Detroit Wind Symphony,

  • The Detroit Metropolitan Orchestra, and

  • The Hartford Memorial Baptist Church String Orchestra. 

 

In 2006 Croft performed with his band Impact 7 at Superbowl XL in Detroit. In 2014 Croft performed with world renowned vocalists Jennifer Holiday and Will Downing.

  • As a section horn man, Mark Croft has shared the stage with such national and international acts as:

  • The Spinners, the Guess Who, and Blood Sweat & Tears. 

  • He is also the founder and director of the Detroit Metropolitan Brass Ensemble,

  • He is currently one of the musicians for the church choir for Historic Second Baptist Church,

  • He plays with Ben’s Friends Jazz Orchestra, Impact 7 (for whom he serves as music director),

  • And the Luther “Bad Man” Keith Blues Band.

  • As an award-winning musical educator,

  • A longtime member of Detroit’s arts and education scene

  • A teacher in the Detroit Public Schools,

  • A band and orchestra director.

 

As a section horn man, Mark Croft has shared the stage with such national and international acts as The Spinners, the Guess Who, and Blood Sweat & Tears.  He is also the founder and director of the Detroit Metropolitan Brass Ensemble, is currently one of the musicians for the church choir for Historic Second Baptist Church, and plays locally with Ben’s Friends Jazz Orchestra, Impact 7 (for whom he serves as music director), and the Luther “Bad Man” Keith Blues Band.

 

As an award-winning musical educator, Mark Croft has been a longtime member of Detroit’s arts and education scene as a teacher in the Detroit Public Schools as well as a band and orchestra director.

 

Mark Croft is the current music director for the Phi MU Alpha Professional Music fraternity Alumni Band at Tennessee State University in Nashville. In the last 8 years this fraternity has given benefit concerts to raise scholarship money for music students attending Tennessee State University. Mark is also a member of the Detroit Metro Area Musicians & Entertainers Association - DMAMEA.

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