Milwaukee Festival Brass would like to welcome Mark Taylor as its newest director.
Mark A. Taylor made his
Wisconsin debut with the Milwaukee Festival Brass this past season. He is a
Doctoral Conducting Associate of Professor Eugene Migliaro Corporon at
the University of North Texas College of Music.
A conductor, educator, and performer in demand throughout the
Great Lakes region, Mr. Taylor served five years as director of bands
and coordinator of ensembles at Loyola University Chicago prior to
beginning his doctoral studies.
He was also a member of the music education faculty for the
Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.
attended the University of Notre Dame, receiving BA degrees in music and
mathematics. While there, he
performed as a percussionist in the Concert Band and Chamber Orchestra;
sang in the Liturgical Choir, Collegium Musicum, and Menís Glee Club;
served as a cantor in Sacred Heart Basilica; led the Band of the
Fighting Irish as drum major; and studied conducting with Walter Ginter
and Carl Stam.
After a period working in advertising in Chicago, Mr.
Taylor pursued graduate studies at Northwestern University.
His master of music degrees in instrumental music education and
wind conducting concluded studies with renowned education specialists
Bennett Reimer and Peter Webster and conductors John P. Paynter and
Stephen Peterson. Before
joining the music faculty at Loyola University, Mr. Taylor taught band
at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels in Chicagoís
northern suburbs. His bands
have received numerous superior ratings and awards.
As a percussionist, Mr. Taylor performed with the
Chicago Brass Band, named North American Brass Band Association champion
in 2004 and runner-up in 2008.
He is a member of the National Band Association, College Music
Society, College Band Directors National Association, and Phi Mu Alpha
Sinfonia. He and his wife
and son reside in Lake Forest, IL.
Please join the Milwaukee Festival Brass in welcoming Mark Taylor to the