Originally from Kansas, Mark grew up performing in many community organizations and in the ranks of local Drum and Bugle Corps until age 21. He studied trumpet with Dr. Paul Shull at Kansas State University and was a member of the KSU Marching Band, Concert Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, KSU Brass Choir and Trumpet Choir.
Mark moved to Colorado with his wife Debbie in 1984. Mark has been involved with many community ensembles throughout Colorado and is currently performing with The Fountain Creek Brass Band, The Fountain Creek Versatile Brass and the Rocky Mountain Wind Symphony in Colorado Springs. Mark teaches all levels of trumpet from beginning to advanced players. He teaches all styles with an emphasis on technique, music theory and musicianship.
Bob has a BA and MS in Music Education as well as a Masters in Guidance Counseling. He has 30 years experience teaching instrumental music in the school setting as well as over 20 years of private teaching experience. He has been a clinician for honor bands and a solo and ensemble adjudicator across eastern Colorado. He is one of the founding members as well as a past president of the Colorado Bandmaster’s Association. He was a director of the Denver Youth Musicians for 17 years and has worked with many other concert bands, orchestras, jazz bands and marching bands.
He specializes in working with beginning to intermediate brass students, high school players, and woodwind players switching to brass instruments. Bob believes that a student of any age deserves to enjoy learning their instrument and manages his private lessons with that in mind!