Instructor of Percussion
Mark Hodges is currently the Principal Percussionist of the Grammy award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. He has recorded extensively throughout his career, performing in over 40 recordings with the Buffalo Philharmonic and numerous works with the Cleveland Orchestra. In addition to recording, Hodges has toured internationally and been a featured soloist in many Buffalo Philharmonic orchestral series. Prior to his appointment with Buffalo, Mark held the positions of Principal Percussionist of the West Virginia Symphony and Mansfield Symphony Orchestra and Section percussionist of the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra.
In addition to his orchestral appointments, Hodges is an active music educator. He currently is a member of the percussion faculty at The Eastman School of Music, the State University of New York, Buffalo State College, and the Greatbatch School of Music at Houghton University. He also is a clinician, adjudicator, and lecturer of percussion throughout the United States. Highlights include appearances at The Percussive Arts Society State and International Conventions.
Hodges utilized his music and education background to become the founder of the Buffalo-based program Druminar, focused on corporate training, leadership development, and team building consulting. Druminar is employed by Fortune 100 companies, national banks, international manufacturing companies, and major non-profit corporations designed to teach both business managers and employees the value of highly functioning teams, resulting in increased levels of employee engagement and business performance.
Hodges holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music/Case Western Reserve University, Capella University, and the University of Cincinnati/College-Conservatory of Music.