MARK A. TAYLOR
Percussion


Instrument:
Timpani Mallets by Douglas Cardwell Percussion
Snare Drum Sticks by Innovative Percussion
Bass Drum/Tam Tam Beaters by American Drum Company
Tambourines by Black Swamp Percussion
Wind Chimes by TreeWorks
Keyboard Mallets by Mike Balter Mallets

Music Heroes:
Bill Achterberg (my junior high band director), Toto, Yes, Chicago

Mark A. Taylor is a freelance conductor, educator, and performer in demand throughout the Great Lakes region.  He is the Music Director of the two-time national champion (NABBA, Third Section) Milwaukee Festival Brass.  He is also the Music Director for the Waukegan Band Foundation.  Dr. Taylor served five years as director of bands and coordinator of ensembles at Loyola University Chicago and was a member of the music education faculty for the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.  Prior to joining the music faculties at Loyola and Roosevelt, Dr. Taylor taught band at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels in Chicago’s northern suburbs.

Dr. Taylor holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame (BA), Northwestern University (MMus), and the University of North Texas (DMA). As an undergraduate at Notre Dame, he performed as a percussionist in the Concert Band and Chamber Orchestra; sang in the Liturgical Choir, Collegium Musicum, and Men’s 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.  His graduate studies at Northwestern took place with renowned education specialists Bennett Reimer and Peter Webster, and conductors John P. Paynter and Stephen Peterson.  At North Texas, Dr. Taylor was a member of the conducting studio of Eugene Migliaro Corporon; he also served as graduate assistant conductor of the UNT British Brass Band, led by renowned euphonium teacher Brian Bowman.

He and his wife and son reside in Lake Forest, IL.


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