Original Trans-Siberian Orchestra member mentors local students


PICKENS CO., S.C. (WSPA) — An original member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra visited the Upstate Thursday to perform with local students.

Mark Wood, inventor of the “electric viper violin” chose Pickens County as one of the locations for his worldwide “Electrify Your Symphony” music education program.  His violin was a key element in the band’s formation, allowing him to play in the viola, cello and bass ranges. “I’ve got the whole orchestra in one instrument,” Wood says.

He met with nearly 1,000 students from nine different middle and high schools to practice with students for a rock concert Saturday night, in which they performed onstage with Wood.

“We come in with Electrify Your Symphony, ramp up the experience with the kids so they’re invigorated, they’re sweating, they’re breathing, they’re exhausted after every rehearsal because they’ve given us 100 percent,” Wood says.

Participating schools included Edwards Middle School, Pickens Middle School, Pickens Middle School, Pickens High School, Dacusville Middle School, Easley High School, Liberty Middle School, Liberty High School, and Daniel High School.

There were two free performances Saturday at 4 PM and 7:30 PM inside the Easley High School’s auditorium. 

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