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Mark Lane

Professor Emeritus

Mark Lane, Emeritus Professor of Music at Central Washington University, retired from teaching in 2017 after a 39-year career as a music educator. Mark Lane served as the Associate Director of Bands and Professor of Music Education at Central Washington University from 2006-2017. Previously, Mark taught high school for 27 years in both Oregon and Washington. Mark currently works for Conn-Selmer Inc. Division of Education as the Educational Support Manager for the West Region.  Mark holds a BA from Eastern Washington University and a MA from the University of Oregon. He has served on both the Oregon Music Education Association and the Washington Music Educators Association Boards. In Washington, Mr. Lane served 14 years on the WMEA Board of Directors and was President from 2008-2010. Mark served as the Northwest Division President of the National Association for Music Education from 2013-2015 and was on the National Executive Board of NAfME for three years. He was liaison on the National Collegiate Advisory Board for National Association for Music Education from 2012-2017.

Mr. Lane has been awarded Educator of the Year five times and has received three Citations of Excellence from the National Band Directors Association. In 2001, Mark received the Sudler Order of Merit of the John Phillip Sousa Foundation and was inducted into the BANDWORLD Legion of honor.  

Since his appointment at CWU in 2006, he received the 2012 Crystal Apple Award from the CWU Education Department. Mark was recently inducted into the Washington Music Educator Association’s Hallof Fame and was honored as the Washington Music Education Association/Washington Interscholastic Activities Association 2015 Music Educator of the Year, the 2016-2017 Outstanding Music Educator Award for the Northwest Region by the National Federation of High School Associations, and recently was awarded the 2017 National Association for Music Education’s Northwest Division Distinguished Leadership Award. In 2017, Mark also received theDistinguished Educator Awardwas inducted into the Northwest Bandmasters Association.

His bands have performed at conferences in both Oregon and Washington. In addition, his groups have performed twice in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade and twice at the Bands of America (Music for All) National Concert Band Festival. Mark was the Music Director of the Washington Ambassadors of Music, leading biennial European tours with over 500 high school musicians from the State of Washington in 2010 and 2012. Mark is a frequent clinician and adjudicator and has conducted, presented clinics and adjudicated throughout the US and in Canada and Europe.

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