LCBS welcomes the newly appointed conductor for the Gold Band - Mark Ward
Mark Ward both taught and performed in high school and community bands for over thirty years in Alberta and British Columbia. Mr. Ward has Bachelor’s degrees from the Universities of Western Ontario and University of Lethbridge and a Master’s degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Victoria where he also studied conducting.
Mr. Ward 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 also a member of Phi Beta Mu, the international fraternity of bandmasters.
He continues to renew his inspiration and interest in music by participating in workshops and Master Classes with such notables as composers James Swearingen, Samuel Hazo and trumpet master Malcolm McNab.
Mark is well known in the Lethbridge area, having once taught here, performed with the Lethbridge Big Band, many musicals both as actor/vocalist and as a pit musician. In fact, some LCBS members remember in the Robert Cook era, that Mark was an occasional trumpeter with the Gold Band.
He sees community and school bands in every form as a critical part of Canada’s heritage and culture and is very proud to be part of the strong musical community at Crescent Heights High School and Medicine Hat where he has been for the last nine years.
Mark retired from teaching in 2016 and now marks the beginning of yet another new era for the Gold Band.