World Traveller Mark Calima

Even a partial listing of the works and plaudits of High School Music Director Mark Calima of Houston, Texas in the United States demonstrates an incredible capacity for work and accomplishment in his chosen musical field of instruction.  Mark Calima is a wildly successful High School Band Director who brings awards and acclaim to his students and school.

World Traveller Mark Calima

Mark Calima of Houston, Texas in the United States has found time in a life dedicated to the musical instruction of secondary students to expand his personal horizons by pursuing his love of travel.  Mark Calima has a Filipino background, and has traveled to his family’s country of origin, the Philippines.

World Traveller Mark Calima

But Mark Calima has also compiled a formidable list of international travel, from countries including England, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Macau, Japan, Canada, Russia, Bahamas, Mexico, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Malaysia and Thailand.  Did Mark Calima study yet more musical subjects while on these travels?  Perhaps.  Or perhaps these travels acted as a pressure valve, a welcome respite from the grueling schedule of achievement which Mark Calima establishes for himself in his academic life.

Mark Calima has developed an extensive list of personal tastes and passions, perhaps honed during his extensive world travels.  A devotee of musical theater, especially from the 80’s and 90’s, it follows that Mark Calima counts among his favorite places to visit Times Square in New York City, with Las Vegas, Nevada a close second.

World Traveller Mark Calima

With his Asian heritage, it should not be too surprising that  Mark Calima favorite foods include sushi and thai dishes.

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Mark Calima Instructor of Insight for Music Education

Although Filipino in background, successful secondary music instructor and Band Director Mark Calima is a dedicated Houston boy, having chosen to make take his music education at the University of Houston and work his career at Houston area schools.

Mark Calima Instructor of Insight for Music Education

Mark Calima has demonstrated his deft instructional touch with diverse students from widely divergent backgrounds through the universal medium of music.  His plethora of awards, citations and plaudits attest to a deep insight and understanding in connecting the medium to the message of instruction.

Mark Calima Instructor of Insight for Music Education

Mark Calima of Houston, Texas in the United States has lived a full and complex life of competition and achievement since earning his Master of Music Education degree from the University of Houston Moores School of Music in 2004.

Mark Calima has built an award-winning background in Marching Band performance which reads like a catalog:  consistent Sweepstakes wins at UIL Concert and Sight Reading, Best in Class at each music festival competition attempted, a myriad of All State Musical Students successfully launched, an international recognition through his students’ chamber group presence at the 2013 and 2015 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.

Mark Calima Instructor of Insight for Music Education

Mark Calima’s musical teaching has been lauded on the national stage as a Finalist Band at the 2013 Bands of America Grand Nationals, through the TMEA Region 26 Honor Band Title for 2014, and his recognition in 2009 as a Who’s Who Among American Teachers and his Cedar Ridge High School naming as Teacher of the Year for 2012.

Adjudicator Mark Calima Evaluates Competitions

Highly successful musical instructor Mark Calima has worked to compete for awards, and to judge the same, giving him the benefit of both perspectives on field competition.  Mark Calima of Houston, Texas has extensive experience and consistent success with secondary musical performance students which has rendered him uniquely qualified in his field.

Adjudicator Mark Calima Evaluates Competitions

Mark Calima sits at the pinnacle of secondary musical instructor success in multiple schools in and around Houston, Texas, in the United States where he took his own secondary education and where he earned his Bachelor of Music Education at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, a cum laude graduate.

Adjudicator Mark Calima Evaluates Competitions

Despite growing up in Houston, Mark Calima is a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, a son of a family from the Philippines.  Virginia Beach has long been a resort city, enjoying a humid subtropical climate which goes perfectly with its designation as the longest pleasure beach in the world.

Virginia Beach enjoys a propitious location south of northern storm paths and north of typical tropical storm tracks, which allows the area climate to support unique plants like Spanish moss, Saw Palmetto, Pindo palm, Windmill palm, Hardy Citrus and Oleander.  The area is the site of the first European settlements in the New World, and is still a magnet for immigrants.

Adjudicator Mark Calima Evaluates Competitions

Mark Calima’s family is Filipino in origin and the Filipino population of Virginia Beach in the 2010 census was 4%, reflecting a relatively large proportion of Asian immigrants as Filipino.

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Mark Calima Places His Hopes in Houston

Mark Calima chose to remain in the Houston area to practice his career; indeed, Mark Calima returned to his alma mater, the same high school, Westfield, from which he graduated with his secondary education.

Mark Calima

 

Mark Calima Achieves International Recognition Through Midwest International Invitation

Director of Bands Mark Calima returned to Westfield High School in Houston, Texas in the United States in 2015, where he has overseen the Westfield High School Percussion Ensemble performance in the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic of 2015, the second time Calima has directed an ensemble for this event.

Mark Calima Achieves International Recognition Through Midwest International Invitation

Mark Calima is listed in the Who’s Who Among America’s High School Teachers and has been named a campus Teacher of the Year.

Mark Calima’s life has been inextricably tied to Westfield High School in Houston, Texas, which has been both the site of his own secondary school graduation in 1997 and his subsequent successes with the Westfield HS Big Red Band as first the Associate Director and then the Director of Bands.  Calima attended Moores School of Music at the University of Houston before beginning his career in secondary music education at Bammel Middle School as Assistant Band Director before going on to the position of Associate Band Director at Westfield High School in 2005.

Mark Calima Achieves International Recognition Through Midwest International Invitation

The Moores School of Music was renamed after its benefactors John and Rebecca Moores, who presented a multimillion dollar gift in 1991 and prompted the construction of today’s music instruction facility in 1997.

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Many of the Houston area’s musical instructors and performers are Moores School graduates, an estimated 80% of which stay in Houston like Mark Calima, to live and work.

Mark Calima Returns to The Big Red Band of Westfield as Teacher

Mark Calima from Houston, Texas is a 14-year veteran of teaching.  The dedication he has practiced in his approach to his work is evidenced in the many accomplishments on his resume in connection with his work as a Director and Associate Director of Bands.  Calima began his career at Westfield High School in Houston, Texas, the former Spring High School and home of the Big Red Band which enjoys performing at its own Westfield Performing Arts Center with 1,199 permanent seats for audience members.  While at Westfield, Mark Calima was Associate Band Director, helping propel the ban to achieve previously unknown heights.

Mark Calima Returns to The Big Red Band of Westfield as Teacher

The Big Red Band was named the Grand National Champion of the 2003 Bands of America competition.  Calima also led the Westfield High School Concert Bands, which were consistently the Texas UIL Sweepstakes Award winners and Best in Class at festivals.

Mark Calima helped open the new Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock, Texas in 2010, taking the position of Director of Bands.  The Cedar Ridge High School Marching Band quickly became a regular Bands of America Regional Finalist and Caption Winner, as well as a UIL 6A State Marching Band contender.

The Cedar Ridge High School Marching Band was a BOA Grand National Finalist in 2013, along with the Cedar Ridge High School Low Brass Choir, which was invited to perform in 2013 at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.  Cedar Ridge Concert Bands earned annual UIL Sweepstakes Awards.