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John Mark Piper
aka "PIPER" 

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When you listen to me play the vibraphone, you're hearing music I've either written or uniquely arranged. I'm playing with John Piper signature mallets I designed for Mike Balter Mallets and playing an instrument I designed and built. My sound on the instrument is 100 percent my own, influenced by very unique personal experiences and music I listen to.

I'm very serious about music and I've dedicated my entire life to exploring it. Even when I stepped out of that arena and joined the fire/rescue service, it was still aimed at furthering my exploration of music.

I've had a ton of professional experience ranging from playing in the streets of Los Angeles to providing music for the most famous stars of Hollywood. I've conducting masterclasses at many of the top universities in the USA and some abroad. 

In 2008, I added to my life experiences by joining the professional services of fire/paramedic rescue. In 2015 to 2020 I worked at the South Pole and McMurdo Station Antarctica with Antarctic Fire/rescue and the JOINT (USA and New Zealand) Search and Rescue Team. I worked 9 seasons in Antarctica. While there, I also performed many concerts for the great scientists and support staff on the only vibraphone ever to reach the South Pole and McMurdo Station. I designed and built that instrument specifically for Antarctica. I call it "The South Pole Vibe". I consider myself a uniquely, life-schooled individual. 

In 2020, I retired from fire rescue and returned to full time music performance, recording writing and now focusing on percussion instrument repair service. You can see videos of fun projects I dreamed up while on The Ice and followed through with when I got back in the USA. 

My dedication to the performance of music requires that I apply my heart and soul into every repair, upgrade and innovation as if I were going to perform on in concert that night. I hold a firm belief that regardless of the work; whether I'm working in the ER, on an ambulance, on the concert, fighting a fire or repairing a percussion instrument, the work demands quality and respect because that work is my work and it's a reflection of my value as a person. 

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