Mark Robinson has been the band’s principal horn since 2007, is principal horn for the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra and is a member of Thesix Chamber Winds. Mark lives in DeKalb with his wife (bassoonist) and 4 children. Early vocal experiences included children’s church choir, Joliet High School concert and swing choirs, and performing in local summer theaters. Vocal studies with Linda Jaskoviak were influential in developing his vocal tone and concepts. As a member of the Marine Corp Band, Mark focused on French horn during boot amp and, once deployed, primarily played the horn, but also performed on saxophone and sang with the jazz band. Mark has performed as an instrumentalist and vocalist in clubs throughout the Midwest and Colorado. This is Mark’s seventh season performing as a vocalist with the DeKalb Municipal Band.
Mark’s performance career also includes:
Attending NIU where he studied the French horn with John Fairfield and performed with the Madrigals and Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. Elwood Smith
Receiving coaching in orchestration and arranging from Dr. Jan Bach, NIU Music professor
Performing instrumentally and vocally for a range of dignitaries, presidents, and celebrities such as Bob Hope, Ginger Rogers, President Ford and General Norman Schwarzkopf while a member of the Marine Corps band
Singing for Kirk Douglas, his wife, and son Michael Douglas at Kirk’s banquet honoring him as “Man of the Year” in Palm Springs that year