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MARK MASON HAS JUST LAUNCHED THE VERY FIRST HIGH SCHOOL TRIATHLON LEAGUE CONFERENCE XTRI.COM

A lot of you know Mark Mason as the lead singer of the rock band Ampage that brought all the top Ironman athletes together last year for a music video to benefit the Blazeman Foundation, or maybe as the Ironman /Triathlete you competed with in your last race somewhere in the world or if you live on the coast in Mendocino Calif. You may know him as Coach Mason the track and cross country coach at Point Arena high school.

Now Coach Mason has just started the very first high school triathlon conference league. That's right, High school triathlon. Mason has just launched the "Southwest High School Triathlon Conference (SWHSTC) www.swhstc.com bringing triathlon competition into the high schools for the very first time anywhere. Triathlon has become a huge sport in recent years at colleges and Universities around the world almost doubling the amount of athletes each year
that participate in the sport. What Mason has done is to team up with the colleges and Universities by organizing all the high school triathlon teams to compete at there races under a new "High School Division".

" All the college teams and coaches as well as the West Coast College Triathlon Conference (WCCTC) were so helpful and excited about having us compete in there races" says Mason. ''Some of the colleges even offered us on campus housing for the kids on the weekends we would be racing there''.

After Mason started one of the very few first high school triathlon teams at Point Arena High School, Mason quickly contacted coaches at other high schools that he just finished competing against in cross country to try and convince them to start triathlon teams at there schools so as to have someone to compete against. 3 high school coaches started up teams right away and joined the new league. A kid from another high school heard about what Mason was doing and quickly started a team at her
school with only 6 kids and no coach. The kids would train after school using workouts from some triathlon 101 books. They also joined the newly established league. The very first Southwest High School Triathlon Conference league race will be held at the Stanford University Treeathlon February 26th. Mason is hoping to eventually get most of the high schools in the state of California, Arizona and Nevada to start triathlon teams as part of his new conference league and to have state and
conference league championship races. Mason invites any coaches or kids to start triathlon teams at there high schools in these three states then go to our website www.swhstc.com and register your team for competition. There is NO cost to join the league and we will be getting race registration discounts at the colleges we race at. Mason also invites schools in other states to contact him through this website so he can help you start up and organize other high school triathlon conference
leagues across the country so that one day we can all compete at the very first National High School Triathlon Championship.

Mason would also like to thank the awesome companies that sponsor him and his team. Please support our family of sponsors the way they support us ‐ Quintana Roo Bikes, ISM Adamo Saddles, Beaker Concepts Blaze Hydro Tail, BlueSeventy Wetsuits and Hawk Racing Wheels and would encourage anyone that would like to donate there used equipment or money as a tax deductible donation to Mason's Point Arena high school triathlon team or any of the other school teams in the league by contacting
Mason at his website!



















Ampage Founder Mark Mason Seriously Injured

March 29, 2010


Ampage Founder Mark Mason Seriously Injured Ampage lead singer and bassist Mark Mason was seriously injured Saturday while competing in the California Ironman 70.3 in San Diego.

Mason had just finished the 1.2 mile ocean swim and was barefoot running out of transition with his bike when another athlete tried to go around Mason, tripping him and pushing his front wheel spokes (that are like flat razor blades) into Mason's foot, shredding all 4 of his toes. "I almost lost 2 toes completely" says Mason, "blood was everywhere, I was in shock. I wanted to keep racing but couldn't even stand up, I thought I could still do the bike ride but there was no way I'd be able to run the 13.1 miles. The athlete who caused the accident didn't say anything to me and just kept going."

Mason was carried to the medical tent by Ironman volunteers where doctors spent 2 hours working on Mason, giving him a total of 30 stitches. "The Ironman Staff and doctors were awesome!" continues Mason, "there wasn't a lot of skin left to stitch. That doctor was very talented and amazing as were the staff and volunteers. I was laying in the medical tent for 2 hours while 2 guys were massaging my legs that were cramping, another guy was keeping my toes spread apart so the doctor could do the stitches while yet another guy was feeding me chicken broth and keeping me calm. I would like to personally thank the Ironman organization for doing an incredible job. I think they should give medals to the Ironman doctors, organizers and volunteers. After I was all stitched up, the Ironman doctor called in a prescription for antibiotics and pain pills to the local pharmacy while one of the staff members typed up directions to the pharmacy. I wish the Ironman organization was in charge of this country's healthcare! They get my vote!!!!"

Other athletes that witnessed the accident stopped their race long enough to leave angry notes and throw trash (mostly tampons) all over the transition area of the man who caused the accident citing recklessness and bad sportsmanship. Mason is now back at his ranch in Point Arena healing and is expected to make a full recovery, hopefully before his next races at Vineman Ironman 70.3 and Ironman Lake Stevens 70.3

"This looked like a fun coarse and I was very excited and trained hard for it. This was my first race of the 2010 season after completing the Ford Ironman World Championship in Kona last year. I was really disappointed when this accident happened. Now it looks like I'm off for a few weeks of healing. At least I'll have more time for recording with the band and finishing up the new album."


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 Triathlete Magazine - July 2007

December 2007

Rock 'n' Roll to swim, bike, run

 Lead singer for the rock band AMPAGE, Mark Mason, will be touring the states with his band and participating in every triathlon he can along the way. "I train two hours a day now in between band rehearsals," said Mason. "I'm in the best shape of my life right now.
 "When I toured in the '80s and '90s I used to do a lot of drinking and druging and smoking. I can't do that anymore. Keeping in shape is much better, not only for my health but also for my music,'' Mason said. ''I'm very competitive and love pushing myself''
 


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DEF LEPPARD DRUMMER TO APPEAR ON UPCOMING AMPAGE CD:


January 18, 2009


Rock star Mark Mason, lead singer and bassist for the rock band "AMPAGE" and triathlete, is currently in the studio with his band working on their 5th album titled "Don't Shoot The Wounded". Mason has also written and recorded a new song for the album about IRONMAN Triathlons and brought in legendary drummer Rick Allen from Deff Leppard to perform on this song.

"This is a song like no other" says Mason. "Rick and I matched the drum beat to my running at an 8 minute per mile pace. The song is also exactly 8 minutes long. I start running when the song begins, I run to the beat and at the end of the song I have completed exactly 1 mile in 8 minutes flat. I can also adjust the speed of the song and the beats per minute to conform to another runners stride or speed up my own pace. Eventually I want to have a set of songS at one pace to listen and train to. This is the year of the IRONMAN for me. I am currently training 30 hours a week in between writing and recording getting ready for the 2009 season. I will be racing the 2009 Hawaii Ironman 70.3 in May as well as the Vineman Ironman 70.3 in July. I also plan on doing a full Ironman this year but am waiting to see if I get picked from the lottery for The Kona Ironman race. That race has been a dream of mine for years ever since I saw it for the first time in 1981 while I was on tour through the islands. It wasn't as big then as it is now but it was still an amazing event. I am also doing several olympic triathlons all over the USA including the "Escape From Alcatraz" in June."

The worldwide release date of the AMPAGE album is October 10th which happens to be the same day as the Kona Ironman. Mason plans on bringing his band and performing at a few select races "hopefully after I win my age group". Mark Mason races for Andy Potts "TEAM RX" and they are both coached by Mike Doane. "Mike or DOC as I like to call him is an awesome coach with a unique style of training. We made a deal last year, He'll teach and train me to win triathlons and Ill teach him how to rock on the electric guitar. Lucky for me he is natural guitarist and learns quick. He also writes good songs. I recorded one of them for this new album which Doc will also play some guitar on it. Andy Potts is an amazing athlete and a great all around guy. I have learned a lot from him. He is truly an inspiration to me."

You can check out Mark Mason on his triathlon website - www.markmasontri.com

Ampage is an american west coast rock band that's been around since the mid 1980's fusing hard rock with modern rock, power and melody, passion and compassion. With only 4 albums, soon to be 5 under their belt, Ampage, over the years have shared the stage with other bands such as Eric Clapton, Def Leppard, Social Distortion, Guns N Roses, Billy Idol, and Dramarama to name just a few. Ampage was a Hollywood based strip band when they released their first album in 1987 "Champagne & Caviar" produced by Mitch Mitchel (Hendrix). The band released their 2nd album in 1997 titled "Iron Horse" produced by Duane Baron (Ozzie, Cheap Trick, Heart) and Jeff Klaven (Krokus). The single "Words" with its heavy rotation on radio, did very well in the U.S. and Europe charting #37 on Album Network and R&R. In 2001, Ampage released its 3rd album titled "Falling Higher" again Produced by Duane Baron. This time Ampage had a little help from their friends. Some of the additional players on this album included John Taylor (Duran Duran,) John Easdale (Dramarama), Gary Busey (Buddy Holly, Star is Born), Jeff Conaway (Taxi, Greese) and Rick Allen (Def Leppard) on Drums.

The current Ampage line up includes veteran lead vocalist, bassist, and songwriter Mark Mason who has also written and recorded several songs for t.v. and movies. Mason has also collaborated with other great artists such as Tommy Shaw (Styx) and songwriter Wes Arkin (Guns n Roses). Mason is the only artist in history to legally change some of the lyrics in a John Lennon song (Gimme Some Truth).

After recording 10 albums and several years of recording and touring with Dramarama, lead guitarist Mark Englert joined Ampage in 2001 replacing guitar legend Earl Slick (Bowie, Lennon). Loren Molinare (Little Ceasar, The Dogs) is still lending guitars to the band in the studio and occasionally on stage. Original drummer Michael Kroeger re-joined Ampage replacing Rick Allen (Def Leppard) who was filling in at the time. David Swendig (Hell 'N' Back) has replaced Tom Mullaney (Dramarama) on keyboards and backing vocals. Over the years other artists such as John Easedale (Dramarama), John Taylor (Duran Duran), actor/musician Jeff Conaway (Taxi, Grease), Gary Busey (A Star Is born, Buddy Holly ), Billy Wirth (Lost Boys) and Corey Feldman (Lost Boys, E.T.) have joined Ampage live on stage as well as in the studio recording on the bands albums and music videos. In fact Jeff Conaway produced all of the MTV videos for Ampage in the 1990's.

Ampage's last album, 2007's Future Days Gone By, can be purchased at www.cdbaby.com/cd/ampage.

Courtesy of www.markmasontri.com





Metal / Hard Rock (2007-06-28)

Hard Rockers Ampage Celebrate 'Future Days Gone By'


LOS ANGELES, California (Top40 Charts/ T&T Management & Booking Agency) - California based hard rockers Ampage, who's successful professional career spans from the mid 1980's until present, cordially invite you to join in the celebration, along with a vast number of dedicated longtime and new fans, on their soon to be launched US and European tour, which is currently in the works to promote the release of their brand new CD, "Future Days Gone By" set to be released this July.

Ampage's hard driving, dynamic, yet melodic new CD release, "Future Days Gone By" is in fact, a 15 song anthology celebration of both the best of their hits from two of their three previously released albums, (?Iron Horse?, and ?Falling Higher?), and also features 5 previously unreleased tracks, and 1 brand new song, delivering to fans over 20 years of all the best of Ampage dating from 1986 to 2007.

Like most great bands remaining successful for multiple decades, (which is no easy feat amongst the vast competition of both legendary performers and the many hot up and coming acts in the music industry), Ampage has undergone over the years several band personnel changes, (which can ultimately make or break any band,) but Ampage has remained strong and dedicated throughout those changes, to spite all the 'bumps' in road of a touring hard rock band, to bringing to their fans nothing less than high quality, high caliber, and incredibly dynamic rock performances both live on stage and in the studio; as reflected on their previously released albums, which can be attested to by their multitudes of fans worldwide.

The personnel changes that Ampage has experienced and undergone over the years, (which can prove deadly for some bands), some of which include the switch of lead guitarist Mark Englert, (of Dramarama), who joined Ampage in 2001, replacing guitar legend Earl Slick (of David Bowie and John Lennon fame,) and Loren Molinare (of Little Caesar), and original drummer Michael Kroeger who rejoined Ampage replacing Rick Allen (Def Leppard), actually serve as an asset on the sizzling new CD, "Future Days Gone By" as it provides extra thrill factor and star attraction for fans, as fans can enjoy the best performances of ALL of the great performers who have contributed to the great sound of Ampage during their time performing with this outstanding band; plus all the powerful prowess of the Ampage's current line up, all on this one hard driving double CD release.

Changes over the years to the line up of Ampage have been aplenty, so fans can expect to be thoroughly well rocked on Ampage's new CD, "Future Days Gone By", by such prolific performers as Gary Busey... Yeah, that Gary Busey! Highly acclaimed actor in such movies as The Buddy Holly Story, in which incredibly, Busey performed all the guitar and vocal performances himself in his role in that film. Gary Busey has also starred and is well known for his performances in such films as: Lethal Weapon, A Star is Born, The Hitchhiker, Point Break, Eye of the Tiger, Predator 2, amongst many others. Besides Busey's immense talent as an actor, he has also been quite successful in the music industry and is also a highly skilled drummer, guitarist and vocalist and served as a drummer/percussionist by billing himself as Teddy Jack Eddy, having played percussion for such greats as Leon Russell, Kris Kristofferson, and Willie Nelson, amongst others. Gary Busey, who makes a guest appearance on the beginning of the CD's song "D Day", in the preacher's monologue.

Gary Busey performed with Ampage and fans can enjoy Busey's performances with the band Ampage, featured on Ampage's 2001 released CD "Falling Higher," as well as on Ampage's new CD, "Future Days Gone By". ...Some of the other stellar and/or legendary performers which performed with Ampage and can be heard on both their previous releases as well as featured on "Future Days Gone By" include such great performers as: Rick Allen of Def Leppard, Michael Monarch of Stepenwolf, Earl Slick of Bowie and John Lennon, John Easedale of Dramarama, John Taylor of Duran Duran, actor/musician Jeff Conaway of Taxi, and Grease as well as other outstanding musicians who have contributed to the great sound of Ampage over the years. Incidentally, Jeff Conaway was the producer of all of the MTV videos for Ampage in the 1990?s.

Besides all the great past performers of the band which have taken their place in music history with the band Ampage, Ampage's current line up proves equally as impressive and talented in both the studio and on stage. Ampage's current stellar line up consists of:

Mark Mason- Lead Vocals and Bass: Founding force of the band, Mark is also a prolific songwriter with many credits ranging from television, to major movies, such as: "I'm Dangerous Tonight" in 1990, "Bikini Summer II" in 1992, in which Jeff Conaway, (also of Ampage), also starred and directed. Mark's songwriting talent was featured also in the in the 1994 NBC Movie of the Week Robin Cook's "Mortal Fear". In 1999, Mark Mason along with Rick Allen, (world renown drummer for Def Leppard), wrote and recorded the theme song for the Disney Movie "Brink".

To add to Mark's impressive list of professional credits, he is also recognized for his work collaborating with other musical greats as Tommy Shaw of the legendary rock band Styx, and with songwriter Wes Arkin of Guns & Roses fame, to name just a few Mark's many credits throughout his illustrious long term professional career as a songwriter and musical performer. The remarkable versatility, total pro creative adaptability and high quality of Mark's style of songwriting and vocal and bass musicianship, has earned Mark wide recognition amongst many of the music and movie industry's elite as being a "musician's musician".

When Mark isn't on stage you will probably find him swimming, biking, and running. He trains between 2 - 4 hours a day in between band rehearsals, recording  and concerts. Mark has competed in triathlons and ironmans all over the world.

Mark Englert- Guitars: Besides Mark Englert's melodic, yet blistering hot lead guitar licks with Ampage, Mark Englert is also well renown for his work with the band Dramarama. And has been featured on VH1's "Bands United", as well as featured on MTV's "Alternative Nation" and "120 Minutes", and has made a number of television guest appearances on such television shows as: Late Night With David Letterman, The Dennis Miller Show, as well as two live performances on The Joe Franklin Show. Mark's musical performances has also been featured in a number movies as well, such as: Nightmare on Elm Street 4, Mayor of the Sunset Strip, The Dream Master, and Higher Learning.

After performing on 10 albums between both Dramarama and Ampage, and just as many tours to promote those albums, Mark is a well seasoned veteran musician with more than enough experience to know what it takes to deliver to any audiences a show they won't soon forget.

Dave Swendig- Keyboards Dave Swendig is also well known for his work with the band Hell N' Back, as well as a measurable success in his own solo career, releasing "Sands of Time" in 2005. Dave joined Ampage shortly after, adding his mastery on keyboards and backing vocals, and an even larger presence on stage and in the studio to Ampage's already immense sound with Dave's signature style on keyboards, and to the dynamic showmanship of Ampage's live performances.

Michael Kroeger- Drums Another of the original founding forces of Ampage, Michael Kroeger is back with the band, (after being filled in for by Rick Allen of Def Leppard), and is a lead footed force to be reckoned with on drums. Michael's thunderous capabilities on drums can heard on Ampage's second album, "Iron Horse" which was released in 1997. Mike brings his (greased) lightening to the stage, and can be experienced by fans in Ampage's electrifying live performances.

With all of the musical credits and featured appearances of the world renown performers who have contributed to the sound of Ampage, which can be heard on their sizzling new CD, "Future Days Gone By", no doubt, this CD is destined to become one of the most celebrated albums of 2007. But the real party starts with their upcoming tour to promote the CD, which is at present, being organized by "music industry's man with the plan," Tony Saldano, CEO of the respected and renown T&T Management & Booking Agency, which is one of the top names in management and booking, both in the US and worldwide, as Ampage is exclusively signed with T&T Management and Booking Agency.

And of course, Tony Saldano is not called "the man with the plan" for nothing, as right now, he is working on putting together a massive tour, aligning Ampage up to co-headline along side with some of the biggest legendary names in the history of hard rock, in T&T's Management & Booking Agency's "80's Hot and Heavy Tour". In the planning, are such legendary artists as: Def Leppard, Jackyl, Cinderella, Great White, Poison, Ratt, Skid Row, Spinal Tap, Vince Neil of Motley Crue, and Slaughter; as well as lining up dates for Ampage's own tour which is also in the planning to be kicked off this fall, in which you can catch both the sizzling, dynamic performances of Ampage headlining, along with some of T&T Management & Booking's red hot new additions to their roster, such as fast rising LA band, Shameless, which also has been recently signed exclusively to T&T Management & Booking Agency's roster, and is on tour to promote their brand new CD, "Now Playing" on 909 Records, as well as some of the other outstanding new acts signed to this agency.
NOW THAT'S A PARTY!!! ...Consider this YOUR written invitation to attend the celebration!


October 5, 2009...9:03 am

Ironman Mark

Team Fox member and Ironman Mark Mason is in Kona, Hawaii for the Ford Ironman World Championship which will take place this Saturday, October 10. The Ironman triathlon includes a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and a 26.2 mile run!

Not only is Mark an incredible athlete, taking on one of the greatest athletic challenges, he is also a talented musician.  As the lead singer of the rock band Ampage, Mark and his bandmates have written and recorded a song titled, “Ironman Sam.”  The song will be played on two radio stations in Hawaii over the race weekend and 1/3 of all the proceeds from sales of the song will be donated to Team Fox!



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NEW AMPAGE SINGLE FEATURES DEF LEPPARD'S RICK ALLEN ON DRUMS

November 4, 2009


AMPAGE lead singer/bassist Mark Mason competed at the 2009 Ford Ironman World Championship in Kona Hawaii. Mason and his band Ampage also wrote and recorded "Ironman Sam", which features Rick Allen of Def Leppard on drums, to commemorate this event.

This song features Mark Mason on bass and lead vocals, Rick Allen of Def Leppard on drums, Mark Inglert of Dramarama on guitar and Pamela Mason on backing vocals. Rick Allen recorded the tempo of the drums to Mason's running pace of an 8 minute mile. The song is 8 minutes long. All proceeds from this song will be donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinsons. Mason wrote and recorded this song to celebrate getting picked to compete in the Ford Ironman World Championship in Kona this year. "This is a dream come true for me" says Mason, "I wanted to give back to a sport that has given me so much."

"Ironman Sam" can be purchased at this iTunes link.


 

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