|Mark is originally from Salina, Kansas, earned a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Fort Hayes State University in Hays, Kansas, and holds a Masters Degree in Trombone Performance from the University of Iowa. His teachers have included Mr. Lyle Dilley, Dr. John Hill, and Mr. George Krem. He has played with the Cedar Rapids Symphony, the Omaha Symphony, the Des Moines Big Band, the Nebraska jazz Orchestra, and was a member of the Plymouth Brass for three seasons. He currently plays with the Palladium Brass, the Omaha Brass Ensemble, and the Omaha Big Band. He is an instrumental music instructor in the Council Bluffs, Iowa school system and teaches trombone privately in his home.