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. Lanes 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 Lewis Norfleet. 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. Most recently, Mark was awarded the Crystal Apple Award at CWU for excellence in teacher preparation. 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.
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. His articles on music education have been published in the Washington Music Educators Journal, Fanfare Magazine,Bands of America, Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association Journal, the National Federation Interscholastic Music Association Journal, and the Association of Secondary Administrators Journal. Mark is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the National Band Association, 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 Elect for the Northwest Division of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and serves on the National Executive Board for the organization and is also on the National Collegiate Advisory Council for NAfME.
Jeffrey Rowser, is a native of Attalla, Alabama and is a 1976 graduate of Etowah High School, where he lettered 3 years in band, basketball and track. Mr. Rowser later graduated from Auburn University (AU) with his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music Education. He was a saxophone major, studying with Lawrence Morgan. He also studied music arranging with Dr. Johnnie Vinson and Bob Richardson. He performed his student teaching duties with the legendary Tommy Goff at Auburn High School in 1980. While at Auburn, he was drum major of the Auburn University Marching Band for three years. His appointment by Dr. Bill Walls made Jeffrey the first African American Drum Major at Auburn University and in the Southeastern Conference.
Mr. Rowser, recently selected to be Director of Bands at Morgan County HS, brings 30 years of experience in music education. He was chosen in 2006, to lead the East Jackson Fine Arts Department in Jackson County Schools (GA). His hiring in 2006-07 was to prepare a Fine Arts Department that would begin its work in August 2007. He was chosen as “Teacher of the Year” for East Jackson in 2011. Prior to East Jackson, he served as a director in Dougherty County, Marietta City Schools(STAR Teacher 1988), with 15 years serving as the founding director at Salem HS (Conyers, GA), where he was “Teacher of the Year” in 1994 for Rockdale County Schools. During his career his bands received Superior Ratings in all marching, jazz and symphonic music events. His bands have won over 500 awards, with 300 of those coming at Salem HS as “Superior, Best-in-Class and Grand Champion” awards in band, drum major, colorguard, and winterguard and drum line. His bands have received special invitations to perform in London, Toronto, Hawaii, Orlando, Kansas City and NY. His groups have performed frequently in the Atlanta Children’s Healthcare Parade televised on WSB-TV2. He and his wife, Vernelle, established the Salem HS Dance Team that won 9-State Champion Awards in both Jazz and Pom style competition. During those years the group also earned a national ranking with the Universal Dance Association held annually in Orlando, Florida.
In 1991, Rowser became a co-founder of the “Drum Major Leadership Academy”held annually on the campus of Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville. His student management workshop, “Team Building Anywhere” is a featured session for band, chorus and student council groups around Georgia. He is now the founder of “Premier Drum Major and Leadership Academy” in South Carolina, Alabama and recently established at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA. He is also a frequent clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor of Regional and State Band events in the Southeast. He has served on the Georgia Music Educators Board of Directors and organized several district events.
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