He has performed with many of the world’s great artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Gil Evans, Nelson Riddle, Dionne Warwick, Natalie Cole, Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdink, Rosemary Clooney, Carol Channing, Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass, Holly Cole, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the Funk Brothers of “Standing in the Shadow of Motown” fame, and the nine member world beat band Manteca.
Mark currently leads his own big band, and tours North America with The Big Band Broadcast starring Holly Larocque & The Mark Ferguson Orchestra. An album featuring songs from the stage show is available at CDBaby.
Recently, with the help of drummer Peter Beaudoin, Mark re-united Los Gringos, a 9 piece latin jazz ensemble. Rumour has it there might be more gigs in the near future. Keep an eye on Mark's Calendar.
As a composer his credits include the CBC television series Life & Times, Cottage Country, and On the Road Again. Mark has written a film score entitled Transformation for the Canadian Museum of Civilization and created the music for Corel’s video editing software Lumiere. His original compositions are featured in Treehouse Television’s series Toy Castle, advertising jingles for radio and T.V. and in the recordings of various artists.
Mark has written musical arrangements for a wide range of groups including the RCMP Band, the Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces, the HMCS Stadacona Band, the Edmonton Armed Forces Band.
As a music educator Mark has taught trombone, piano, arranging, and jazz improvisation at the Chelsea Bridge Summer Jazz Camp. He has directed the University of Ottawa Jazz Ensemble, and has served as a jazz clinician at high schools and universities across Canada. Mark is presently teaching in the jazz program at Carleton University.