Mark Hoskins is in his 19th year as Director of Bands at Wheeler High School in Marietta, GA and his 24th year of teaching in the Cobb County (GA) School District. He teaches and oversees the entire band program, consisting of 3 concert bands, marching band, jazz ensemble, jazz combo, woodwind and brass choirs, winter guard, and percussion ensembles. Prior to accepting the band director position at Wheeler, he was Director of Bands at South Cobb High School in Austell, GA from Jan. of 1999-May 2003. A graduate of East Tennessee State University, he is in constant demand as an adjudicator, clinician, and conductor in the marching band, jazz, and concert band arena. His program at Wheeler is regionally and nationally recognized in those fields as well, consistently receiving superior ratings and best in class awards.
While at ETSU, Hoskins had the opportunity to perform with many of the jazz greats of our time, including Jon Faddis, Ed Shaughnessy, Allen Vizzuti, Dick Oates of Flim and the BBs, and GRP recording artist, Ernie Watts. He was also a four- year member and featured mellophone soloist with the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, in Atlanta, GA. He later became the visual caption head for the corps in 2001, under the guidance of drum corps legend and mentor, Freddy Martin, and was brass caption head for the 2005 Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps. He is now a brass adjudicator for Drum Corps International. He is a member of Phi Beta Mu Honor Music Society(2020), the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA), NAfME (National Assoc. for Music Education, formerly MENC), JEN, and a founding member of MBDNA, the Minority Band Directors National Association. He was born in Norton, VA and grew up in Big Stone Gap, VA, attending Powell Valley High School. He is happily married to Maggy Hoskins and they have two children, Tamia Marie, and Miles Anthony. They reside in Marietta, GA.
A message from Director Hoskins:
Music education, by itself, has been a life-long and live-giving endeavor for me. It has simultaneously brought much joy to me and others in the 36 years I’ve been involved in teaching. Watching and listening to the musical development of the youth of today brings me much happiness and reaffirms my faith that what we do as educators is the most important thing we can do for our future leaders of tomorrow.