Mark Ward has degrees from Western University in Ontario, University of Lethbridge and a Master’s Degree in trumpet performance from the University of Victoria where he studied trumpet, conducting and music education.
He has participated in workshops and brass master classes with world renowned teachers including Arnold Jacobs and Vincent Chicowitz and recently attended a conducting workshop with Dr. Mallory Thompson and Eugene Corporon. Mr. Ward retired from teaching secondary school music in British Columbia and Alberta after 32 years. He has served on the board of directors of the British Columbia Band Association and the Alberta Band Association including a term as President. He is a member of Phi Beta Mu, an international fraternity of bandmasters.
Mark continues an active performance career as a singer and trumpet player in styles ranging from classical symphonic to jazz and rhythm and blues and has adjudicated at music festivals across the province. In 2017, he was appointed the full time conductor of the Lethbridge Gold community band. He sees community and school music in every form as a critical part of Canadian heritage and culture and is very proud to be part of the strong musical community in Southern Alberta.
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