Mark Hodges Principal

Mark Hodges has held the position of principal percussionist of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra since 1998. During this time he has been a featured soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic and has performed for the National Public Radio shows, Performance Today, SymphonyCast, and From the Top, as well as other NPR international broadcasts. He has also performed on the last seventeen CDs made by the Buffalo Philharmonic. Mark has performed and recorded with the Cleveland Orchestra including several Deutsche Grammophon CDs under the direction of Pierre Boulez, and toured with many orchestras throughout the United States, Europe, and the Soviet Union. Prior to Mark's engagement with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, he held the position of principal percussionist of the West Virginia Symphony, principal percussionist of the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, and percussionist of the Erie Pennsylvania Philharmonic. Other orchestral appearances include the Cleveland Orchestra, Louisville Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony, Canton Symphony, and Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Mark is the founder of Druminar™, a drum circle team building/ leadership program designed to teach both business managers and employees the value of highly functioning teams, resulting in increased levels of employee/team engagement and business performance. Musical and percussive concepts, and interactive exercises help participants identify and replicate experiences of highly engaged teams in their workplace. Mark has served as the chair of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's players committee, and has been a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic board of Trustees, orchestra artistic committee, negotiating committee, and education committee. As an artist for Zildjian Cymbals, Mark has been a guest percussionist of the Percussive Arts Society international convention and percussion clinician for the Western New York Day of Percussion. Mark received his Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance form the Cleveland Institute of Music and his B.M. in Percussion Performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.