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 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. http://www.foothill.edu/fac/marka/performance.htm
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.