Dr. Mark Walker named director of bands
Dr. Mark J. Walker, who has served as Associate Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Troy University since 2002, has been named Director of Bands, according to Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor.
“We are fortunate at Troy University to have a band program that enjoys a rich tradition and an outstanding international reputation,” Chancellor Hawkins said. “Any endeavor as successful as our band program needs strong leadership. Dr. Walker is an excellent musician and director so it is my pleasure to announce his appointment. I am certain he will do an outstanding job.”
Dr. Walker said he is “pleased, humbled and honored” to be named Director of Bands.
“The ‘Sound of the South’ Band Program is one of the pre-eminent collegiate band programs in the nation, and it is my goal to uphold and build upon the great traditions begun by Dr. John M. Long, our founder, and the work of previous directors Robert W. Smith and Ralph Ford,” Dr. Walker said. “I’m thankful for Chancellor Hawkins’ trust in me, and for the support of the faculty, students and the Troy University family. I look forward to many years at Troy University.”
Dr. Walker earned his bachelor’s degree in music education at Tennessee Technological University. He earned both his master’s and doctorate degrees in music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where the university’s bands honored him with the A.A. Harding Award.
In addition to his work with the band program, Dr. Walker teaches applied low brass and graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting, marching band techniques, evaluation and music education. He serves as the coordinator of graduate music education, executive director of the Middle School Southeastern United States Band Clinic and Honor Bands, is on the board of the Southeastern United States Band Clinic, and is the director of the “Sound of the South” Summer Music Camp and Director’s Clinic.
Dr. Walker is married to Jessica Walker, who teaches sixth grade at Goshen Elementary, and resides in Troy with their daughter, Emily.