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Mark A. TaylorMilwaukee 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. 

Mr. Taylor 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 podium.



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