Mark Lane

Mark Lane



Mark Lane recently retired from Conn-Selmer as an Educational Support Manager for the West Region of the United States. Prior to Conn-Selmer, he was the Associate Director of Bands and Professor of Music Education at Central Washington University. Previously, Mark taught high school for 27 years in both Oregon and Washington.  Mark holds a BA from Eastern Washington University and a MA from the University of Oregon. He has served on both the Oregon Music Education Association and the Washington Music Educators Association Boards. In Washington, Mr. Lane served 14 years on the WMEA Board of Directors and was President from 2008-2010. Mark served as the Northwest Division President of the National Association for Music Education from 2013-2015 and was on the National Executive Board of NAfME for three years.  He was liaison on the National Collegiate Advisory Board for National Association for Music Education from 2012-2017.​

As a high school teacher, Mr. Lane has been awarded Educator of the Year five times and has received two Citations of Excellence from the National Band Directors Association.  In 2001, Mark received the Sudler Order of Merit of the John Phillip Sousa Foundation and was inducted into the BANDWORLD Legion of honor. 

Since his appointment at CWU in 2006, he received the 2012 Crystal Apple Award from the CWU Education Department.  Mark was recently inducted into the Washington Music Educator Association’s Hall of Fame and was honored as the Washington Music Education Association/Washington Interscholastic Activities Association 2015 Music Educator of the Year, the 2016-2017 Outstanding Music Educator Award for the Northwest Region by the National Federation of High School Associations, and most recently was awarded the 2017 NAfME Northwest Division Distinguished Leadership Award.

His bands have performed at conferences in both Oregon and Washington.  In addition, his groups have performed twice in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade and twice at the Bands of America (Music for All) National Concert Band Festival. Mark was the Music Director of the Washington Ambassadors of Music, leading biennial European tours with over 500 high school musicians from the State of Washington in 2010 and 2012.  Mark is a frequent clinician and adjudicator and has conducted, presented clinics and adjudicated throughout the US and in Canada and Europe.

  Session Titles

The Best Job I Ever Had!


Planning for a successful career and then maintaining it … is important! This is an opportunity to discuss and share the presenter’s 27 years in the public schools and 12 years in higher education – the good, the bad, and the ugly! Preparing for success and learning to make the right decisions with the right attitude are perhaps the only parts of your career that you can orchestrate!

Getting the Most from Your Administrators


The relationship you develop with your administrators in your building and district is vital to your success and your sanity! This session will explore many of the practical things you can do, as well as things you shouldn’t do, to develop a relationship with your administrators that will benefit you…your program…and most of all your students.

Guest Conduting


Invite a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician to conduct a rehearsal, honor band, or All-State Festival to engage your students and help your community reach new musical heights.

Successful Recruiting and Retention


Successful recruiting and retention is no accident. Positive results are a result of thoughtful strategic efforts. Don’t just do the minimum…overdo. Everybody can improve in these two critical areas that are a part of every successful music program. Plan and execute for success!

The Business Side of Band Directing Part 1 & 2


The first step in meeting the needs of your program is making a detailed case about what you need, why you need it and how you are going to convice your administrators to help you. How do you make the case and convince administrators to help meet the needs of your students and program? The importance of advocacy and the development of a Music Coalition to help you make the case, cannot be understated. Let’s face it, you are too busy to do this without help.

You Can’t Do This Job By Yourself!


Developing a strong music coalition in your district and community is key in keeping music a part of basic education in our schools. An effective music coalition can save you time and especially energy and can ensure a proactive approach in defending and supporting your program. Don’t wait until it’s too late - - A good offense is always more effective than always playing defense.