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 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.
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.
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.