Mark E. Olson
In addition to leading MCB, Mark Olson serves as Director of Bands at Harvard University, he conducts the Sunday Jazz Ensemble, the Wind Ensemble, works with the Harvard University Band and assists with the administration of the Band program. Mark has guest conducted the Metropolitan Wind Symphony and served as Interim Conductor of the Cambridge Symphony one season. He has been a guest conductor and clinician for bands in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Iowa.
Olson earned degrees from Concordia College (B.M. Music Education) and the University of Minnesota (M.A. Music Education). His conducting teachers have included Craig Kirchhoff and J. Robert Hanson.
In addition to teaching and conducting, Mark is an active trumpet performer. He is a current member of the Metropolitan Wind Symphony and former member of the Charles River Wind Ensemble, the Mankato Symphony Orchestra, Austin Symphony Orchestra, and Winona Brass Band. He has studied trumpet with David Baldwin, Gary Bordner, and J. Robert Hanson.