Mark enjoys teaching students and hopes to one day become a professor of saxophone. He believes it is important to adapt to the needs of every individual, and guide his students to bring out the best saxophonists they can be. He can teach all levels and any type of music.
When Mark was in third grade, his class watched the fourth-grade band perform, and he was so enamored by that performance that he could not wait to join the band in his next year of school. He began playing saxophone in fourth grade at the age of 10. Ever since, he has continued on his musical journey enjoying tours to California, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and Japan with various ensembles such as his high school symphonic band and his local youth symphony organization.
Mark is a graduate of the University of Colorado – Boulder with degrees in saxophone performance, studying with Professor Tom Myer, and computer science. Mark is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Cincinnati studying with Dr. James Bunte. He is involved in several music ensembles at UC including saxophone quartet and Wind Symphony, the university’s top ensemble. While at UC Mark has also performed in master classes for world renowned saxophonists Debra Richtmeyer, Otis Murphy and Vincent David. During his undergraduate degree, Mark performed in a master class for Claude Delangle, the professor of saxophone at the Paris Conservatory, and widely regarded as one of if not the very finest saxophone players and pedagogues in the world. The following summer, Mark attended the European University of Saxophone, a two-week intensive saxophone camp under the instruction of seven of the world’s leading saxophone players and pedagogues, including Claude Delangle and Vincent David.