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 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 Peforming 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 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.

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 Chicago’s northern suburbs. His bands have received numerous superior ratings and awards.

In addition to performing with the award-winning Chicago Brass Band, he is also Interim Music Director of the Milwaukee Festival Brass. He is a member of the National Band Association, College Music Society, College Band Directors National Association, and NAfME.

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