Mark Miller is founder and director of StikYard, a theatrical percussion group. Incorporating manufactured equipment alongside whimsical contraptions and custom-built pieces, the group also fuses different musical styles and techniques that entertain a wide range of audiences. Born out of a Christmas production that yielded 40k in attendance, Mark has since taken it on the road for corporate events, churches, the NBA, and conferences.
Prior to StikYard, Mark’s professional carrier evolved from teaching and gigging in the St. Louis area for about a decade, to performing for several contemporary Christian artists, such as Joy Williams, Watermark, Mark Shultz, and touring worship band drummer for Joyce Meyer Ministries. He resides in Nashville, TN, but commutes to St. Louis for StikYard.
Mark’s educational background centered around private study with several teachers, clinics, and camps since he was 10 years old, with one of his favorite teachers being Tom Stubbs of the St. Louis Symphony orchestra. He holds a Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in Jazz Performance from Southern Illinois University.
Philharmonic Chimes, Endurance Field Frame
Concert Vibraphone, Endurance Field Frame
4.3 Octave Concert Marimba
Crystal Beat Concert Toms
Symphonic Concert Toms
14" x 5" SensiTione Elite Brass Snare Drums
13" x 3" Effect Maple Snare Drum
MLX Drum Set (10", 12", 13", 16", 22")
FFX Championship Maple Snare Drums, Tenors, Bass Drums
Traditional Natural Gaurd Sherekes
14" Elite Djembe, Fiberglass
Endurance Field Frame Gong Stands
PCX100, PCX200 Rack Clamos
CH70 Cymbal Stands
CH1030B Cymbal Stands
Icon 3-Sided Rack
Icon Rack w/ Wings
Marching Snare Stands
Adams Philharmonic Series Chimes reproduce the unbelievable sound of church bells at their finest. Adams exclusive brass alloy tubes produce clear, pure pitch with almost endless sustain. Adams chimes are available in three distinct series and are designed to offer the finest sound and construction available within each respective price range. Each 1-1/2" diameter exclusive brass alloy produces a clear, pure pitch with seemingly endless sustain. Philharmonic Chimes are available in either a brilliant chrome-plated finish, (BK5203C) or a beautiful satin brass finish (BK5203S). Adams Chimes come standard with a full-length protective cover and a two-tone mallet.
Professional Generation II
Professional Generation II Timpani are the latest innovation from the world’s leading timpani manufacturer. At the heart of the GEN II is a patented, balanced action pedal mechanism with adjustable spring tension. Each drum’s pedal action is adjustable via a tension knob on the base, allowing it to be smooth over an extended tuning range. The Professional GEN II bowl is suspended from a chrome-plated steel ring, and is supported by extra strong struts. New double-wheel locking casters, wider stance base legs, and integrated third wheel provide more stability and maneuverability than previously available
Adams Chimes covers will ensure your instrument will last for years to come while maintaining its supreme quality and durability.
213N Chime Field Wheels
The Adams 213N Retro-fit Wheel Set converts Adams GEN2 Chimes for outdoor movement over the roughest of terrain. Large 8" wheels roll easily over any surface for maximum portability. The 213N is a set of side leg castings and wheels ONLY. Side tubes and lower Crossbar are NOT included.
Protect your instruments at the gig and on-the-go with Adams cases and bags. Custom-fit soft-padded bags and durable flight cases with wheels are available for optimal portability and ease of transport.
The Pearl D3000TC is a professional grade timpani throne that accommodates a wide range of player heights and comfort positions; providing a new standard of stability and adjustability for the modern percussionist. The D3000TC features a hydraulic pneumatic cylinder for infinite height adjustment from 23"-33". The D3000TC has a solid cast 5 leg base with adjustable feet for uneven surfaces, and an independently adjustable foot ring to accommodate a wide range of player heights and comfort positions. The seat is generously padded and the full-size adjustable backrest will reduce fatigue for the user over long periods of use. In addition to being the new standard for timpani thrones, the D3000TC can function as a conductor's seat, upright double bass stool, and keyboard/synth chair as well.
Adams Concert Vibraphones feature precision graduated bars in either Anodized Silver or Gold, along with the durability and stability players demand in the studio and in the clubs. The Concert Series Vibe is available with either the Voyager or Endurance Field Frame and features black tolex covered rails and end caps, making a distinct impression on stage or in the home. The instrument’s 12-volt motor runs safely on 110 or 220-volt power with the special converting power adaptor, completely eliminating the possibility of any electrical hazard. Clean mounted controls allow the player to choose whether the fans stop in either the open or closed position. The motor speed is fully adjustable from 25 to 150 rpm with intuitive fader control. A newly advanced, foot-operated precision dampening mechanism allows both damper and rail height adjustments, allowing each player to custom configure the feel of the instrument to their exact playing style. The damper also utilizes a new supreme quality felt material to achieve truly silent damping. An optional Long Pedal Extension Accessory converts the swivel pedal to a full-length pedal board.
Adams Concert Series Marimbas feature the perfect combination of quality and affordability. Borrowing the same craftsmanship and Alpha Tuning method from the Artist series, graduated bars are available in Honduras Rosewood, Padouk, and Synthetic Zelon. Available on the Voyager Frame and Endurance Field Frame, there is a Concert Series Marimba for the requirements of professionals, universities, schools, and outdoor ensembles. All Adams bars are meticulously precision tuned though Adams' proprietary computer-assisted method that ensures the instrument’s sound is balanced perfectly throughout the entire range. Padouk is a natural material with a similar tonal response to rosewood, with a slightly shorter sustain. With its lower cost, Padouk is the ideal bar choice for personal practice instruments or an ensemble. Field-tested by today’s top drum and bugle corps, Adams' specially designed Synthetic Zelon bars offer the highest quality tone and projection available, while withstanding the heat of even the most forbidding outdoor performances. Zelon has a bright timbral response that maximizes projection and sustain to fill even the largest of spaces.
Inspired by vintage instruments of the 1920s, the Adams Artist Glockenspiel is the new modern standard. The 1.25” high-grade steel Round Top bars sparkle with an unparalleled timbre and gorgeous bright nickel-plated steel resonators project the instrument clearly through every ensemble. The open rail system of the Adams Artist Glockenspiel not only allows for the foot-operated damper system but also eliminates “case noise” that is normally produced by bells that are mounted in a box. The patent-pending reversible damper system allows the player to operate the pedal like a vibraphone (normal on / pedal down to release) or in a reverse position (pedal off / pedal down to dampen) depending on the musical necessity. Unique to this damper system, accidentals are still mounted in a normal stacked configuration, making the Adams glockenspiel the most playable and practical instrument available.
Today's music requires instruments with power, projection, and fullness of sound, Today's percussionists demand instruments that have a tonal quality that can be used in the studio for the most delicate passages, powerful enough to be heard at the back of the stadium if needed, and durable enough to last on the road. Pearl Symphonic concert toms do all that with the best hardware on the market to back it up. Pearl's Symphonic Series Concert Toms feature 6-ply, 7.5mm 100% Maple Shell for lush mid-tones and full sustain. The Double-Headed Toms are equipped with Pearl’s renowned OptiMount suspension system which attaches to the batter and resonant side tension rods and floats the drum on rubber cushions. OptiMounts allow the drum shell to be completely isolated from the stand and tom arm, further improving resonance and sustain. The Single-Headed Toms are equipped with Pearl’s I.S.S. Mounts (Integrated Suspension System) attached to the drum hoops which allows the shell to resonate freely resulting in maximum sustain and resonance.
Pearl Concert Series Concert Toms offer a wide range of tuning performance possibilities, suiting percussionists from the concert hall to the outdoor stadium. Pearl's Concert Series Concert Toms feature 6-ply Poplar and Kapur composite shells which produce superb tone and excellent projection. Low mass tension lugs add to the shells' natural resonance while allowing excellent tuning. Each tom is mounted to the sturdy T890 double tom stand via the Pearl BT3 direct tom mount, while the TH88 geared tilter allows for almost limitless adjustment positioning.
13x3 Maple Effect Piccolo Snare
Screaming out like the crack of a starting pistol, Pearl's 13"x3" Maple Effect snare delivers the essential Piccolo Snare Drum sound. This versatile drum is perfect as a primary snare as well as secondary/side snare accents, and speaks with rich sensitivity for a myriad of playing styles.
FFXM Snare Drums
No other Snare drum has changed the face of marching competition like the FFX Championship Maple Series. Used by today's top marching ensembles, these drums have won more than their share of trophies. Featuring the OneTouch Snare Strainer system in combination with a 6 ply 100% Maple free-floating shell and a super lightweight aircraft aluminum frame, FFXM Snare Drums are a force to be reckoned with.
PMTM Tenor Drums
There is no other sound in the world of marching arts like the Pearl Championship Tenors. Designed for today's top marching ensembles, the Pearl Championship Tenors offer a 6-ply 100% Maple shell, providing a warm, rich sound with supreme durability.
PBDM Bass Drums
The Championship Bass Drums were designed with the same formula used to design the FFX snare drum and Championship tenors. 6 plies of 100% Maple shells offer maximum resonance and huge sub-frequency projection. To compliment the Maple shells. 2" wide 6 ply Maple Hoops are secured by extra wide claws for an evenly dispersed pressure for consistent tuning. Lightweight one-piece high strength aluminum castings and 6mm case-hardened tension bolts provide uncompromising strength and durability for years of high performance use.
Advanced Marching Hardware
Pearl’s Advanced Marching Hardware delivers rock solid stability and lifetime long performance. In the stadium bleachers, in the field, and everywhere else you will take your equipment – we believe is should be easy to work with, solid to play on, and durable year after year. Easy to use, rock solid, any place, any time.
These tunable pandeiros have lightweight hardwood shells and flush rims with hook style tension rods. Each set of platinellas (jingles) include a traditional flat disc, giving the drums an authentic “chuck” sound. Both include a nylon carrying bag.
Frame drums are played around the globe, spanning many musical genres and cultural borders; and now, Pearl provides these fundamental instruments in a range of sizes, made with the quality on which Pearl’s reputation was built. Constructed of blended Asiatic hardwood and featuring a coated drumhead, the drums produce a full, open tone, and are drum-key tunable. The drums come in a set of 6 sizes 8”, 10”, 12”, 14”, 16”, and 18”.
Pearl Shekeres are available in natural and fiberglass models.
Elite Series Djembes
The Djembe is a traditional African percussion instrument that offers a variety of sounds, perfect for ensembles and drum circles. Pearl's Elite Series djembes offer a choice of two shell materials, Thai Oak and Fiberglass. Thai Oak produces warmer tones while fiberglass delivers a more cutting sound. The Elite fiberglass djembes feature a deeper, round bowl that contributes to the low-end tone. Elite Series Djembes feature Contour Crowns rims, polished steel hardware and premium heads.
The original Icon Rail Clamp, Pearl's PCX100 is the the basis for our entire line-up of frame-based drum support parts; and the most rigid drum rack bracket available.
The Icon PCX200 Rotating Rail Clamp lets you fine tune the angle and reach of anything mounted to our trademark square drum rack rails.
The CH70 features a cymbal boom arm and integrated quick-release mounting bracket for applications such as mounting splash cymbals, where full-size stands are not required.
A professional solution for added cymbals and accessories, Pearl's Gyro-Lock Boom Cymbal Holder is easily adaptable to drum racks or other stands around the kit. Matching the look and function of our professional 1030 Series hardware features rachetless, multi-axis tilter adjustment. Its off-set boom arm tilter with form-fit stop lock adjusts to practically any position and provides extra length for reach from the mounted position.
ICON Three-Sided Drum Rack
From Mild to Wild, Pearl's ICON Rack systems can be sculpted to reflect every aspect of your individual set-up personality. Our Three-Sided Curved Drum Rack offers flexible height adjustments with 100% slip-proof square tubing. Available in Straight (DR513) or Curved (DR513C,) ICON is supported with an expanded library of clamps and accessories to extend mounting to all parts of the kit.
DR511 Icon Single Drum Rack
From the originator of the frame-based drum support system comes Pearl's Icon Single Drum Rack. Exceptional for bridging items over bass drums, the Icon Single Rack is the basic building foundation for the complete Icon Rack system, a completely modular, expandable, and customizable drum mounting platform.