Singles

"This is How I Sing"

This is How I Sing

Mark Ficks

This is a full length album of 100% original material that Mark released in January 2013. It was produced, recorded, mixed & mastered by Mathew "T-Bird" Thornton in Buchanan, MI. Many of Mark's friends played parts on the cd including Bill Ficks (drums), Roger Wright (guitar), Emma Wright (bass & lyrics), Mathew Thornton (guitars, bass, & vocals), Dennis Varo (bass), Cyndie Randall (vocals & piano), Scott Law (guitar), Kendra Higgs (piano), Lyndsay Knepp (piano), Wes Pringle (bass), Brandon Varo (bass), and Scott Marshall (drums). Elan Gleiber also came in and laid down some awesome cello tracks. Elan was 17 years old at the time and a senior at Saint Joe High School.

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"The Legacy Continues..."

The Legacy Continues...

Mark Ficks

For many years Mark toured all over the Midwest with a very cool band named "Ten Minute Warm-Up". The name came from Mark's Mom, Carol, and it has to do with tennis, since each member of the band had coached or played a ton of tennis. This was a terrific band completely made up of family members. Mark's brother Scott Ficks, cousin Emma Wright, and his cousin Peter Wright handled rotating duties on the bass guitar while Mark's Dad, Bill Ficks was the drummer. On lead guitar and vocals was Uncle Roger Wright, and of course Mark was on vocals, & guitar. During the summer of 2006 the family decided to head into the studio to record something lasting that would not only serve as a reminder of the band, but also to challenge ourselves, to see if we had what it took to record. "The Legacy Continues" is the result of that trip to the studio. The entire album was recorded in about 4 hours with the band playing together live for each track. Many of the recordings on this were done in one take. It was an awesome experience and Mathew "T-Bird" Thornton was fantastic in guiding the group through the process. Everything was recorded in Matt's studio in Buchanan, MI. If you are interested in contacting Matt, you can check out his website at www.mathewthornton.com.

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The photo below is from a show at the Niles (Michigan) Relay For Life in probably the summer of 2004 ish. It's one of the few pictures that shows the entire family together at a show at the same time! Mark lived in Niles. Roger, Emma, & Peter lived in Cincinnati, Scott lived in Warsaw, IN, and Mark & Scott's Dad lived in Vincennes, IN. The old website still lives on at www.tenminutewarmup.com. We still try and get together at least once each year to play a show. Bill, Roger, & Mark got together with some other Saint Joe musicians to play an awesome show for Schu's in the summer of 2013 and then they were able to get Emma to join them for a show in Niles on the Riverfront Stage that same summer.