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.
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.