Violinist back at MUSD next week
Contributed photo, Violinist Mark Wood works with hundreds of Marana Unified School District students next week.

Mark Wood, the composer, recording artist and original member and lead violinist of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, comes to the Marana Unified School District next week for a series of workshops and performances.

Wood performs at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, with the Marana Middle School orchestras, and again at 7 p.m. Friday, March 26, with the Marana High School and Mountain View High School orchestras at MVHS.

Parents, students, and community are invited. All proceeds benefit the MUSD secondary music program.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. They may be purchased at Southwest Strings, 1721 S. Cherrybell Strav, Tucson; by calling 1-800-528-3430; or online at

"Students have been studying and practicing very hard in anticipation of this event," said Terry Alexander, Mountain View orchestra director. "Mountain View High School is honored to host this event again this year and thanks all of our parent volunteers and staff who are donating their time and expertise to the success of this event."

For the second year, Wood brings his "Electrify your Strings" two-day workshop to 300 MUSD secondary orchestra students from Tortolita Middle School Orchestra, Marana Middle School, Mountain View High School and Marana High School.

"Last year's experience was so amazing, unlike anything we have ever experienced before in the school orchestra 'world,' and we are extremely pleased and excited to provide this opportunity to our orchestra students throughout the district again this year," said Diane Abrams, Tortolita Middle School orchestra director.

People may donate to the secondary music program by contacting Abrams at, or by calling 349-1921.

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