Assistant Professor of Music Education
Associate Director of Bands
Mark Lane comes to CWU after 27 years of public school teaching. Mr. Lane serves as Associate Director of Bands, Associate Professor of music education, and oversees the collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education. He holds a BA from Eastern Washington University and a MA from the University of Oregon.
Under Mr. Lane's direction, the CWU Symphonic Band grew to over 100 musicians and gained a reputation of excellence throughout the Northwest. Recently, we added a third ensemble, The Symphonic Winds. Mr. Lane conducts the Symphonic Winds and Co-Directs the Symphonic Band with Professor Larry Gookin. The Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band study and perform a musically diverse repertoire, ranging from traditional band literature to contemporary music of the highest caliber for wind band.
Mr. Lane was awarded Educator of the Year five times and has received two Citations of Excellence from the National Band Association. During his tenure at Kennewick, the program was awarded the Tri-City Crystal Apple Award for excellence in education. The music program also received three GRAMMY Signature Awards. In 2001, Mark was awarded the Sudler Order of Merit of the John Phillip Sousa Foundation and was inducted into the BAND WORLD Legion of Honor in 2001. In 2012, Mark was awarded the Crystal Apple Award at CWU for excellence in teacher preparation. Most recently, Mark was inducted into the Washington Music Educators Association Hall of Fame. Mark's groups have performed at the Oregon State Music Educators Conference, the Washington Music Educators Conference, the Music Educators National Northwest Conference, and the Western International Band Clinic. In addition, his groups performed at the 1994 and 2002 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade and the 1999 and 2001 Bands of America National Concert Band Festival. In 2010 and 2012, Mark was the director of the Washington Ambassadors of Music for Voyageurs International.
Mark is a frequent clinician and adjudicator around the Northwest and has conducted and has presented clinics in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico and Alaska and Europe. His articles on music education have been published in the Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and Wyoming Music Educators Journals, Fanfare Magazine, Bands of America, Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association Journal, the National Federation Interscholastic Music Association Journal, Conn/Selmer Touchpoint, and the Association of Secondary Administrators Journal. Mark is a member of the National Association for Music Education, and the College Band Directors National Association and served on the Washington Music Educators Executive Board for fourteen years. He served as President of WMEA from 2008-2010. Mark is currently President for the Northwest Division of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and serves on the National Executive Board for the organization. He also serves on the National Collegiate Advisory Council for NAfME.
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