Before developing the Music Technology Program, he served as Chair of the Music Department and Director of Jazz Studies at Foothill. He has also developed course materials and serves on the Advisory Committee for the Music Technology Program at Clackamas Community College in Portland, Oregon.
Prior to joining the faculty at Foothill, he was Director of Jazz Studies at Fresno City College from 1987 - 1989, and Graduate Teaching Assistant in Jazz Studies at the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music from 1980-1983. After graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Southern Oregon University in 1978, where he began the Jazz Combo Program while still a student, he taught instrumental and choral music in the Oregon public schools until 1980. After graduate school, he enjoyed a career as a full time professional musician and booking agent in Denver during the 80's, playing hundreds of recording sessions and performing nightly with many of the greatest musicians in the world until following the sun to California in 1987.
Mark's recognitions include a California Music Award for engineering and performing on "Adelante", the "World Beat Album of the Year" in 1996, Innovator of the Year at Foothill-DeAnza in 1999, and Innovation of the Year in 1997. His compositions and arrangements for jazz ensemble are performed frequently at Universities, Colleges and Jazz Festivals throughout the United States, Japan and Europe. His book, Etudes for Trombone, published by Hal Leonard, is used as audition material by the International Association of Jazz Educators.