Mark Calima: Listening Tips

Mark Calima is an experienced high school band director and music teacher with over fifteen years of experience. He has earned numerous awards for his excellence and is presently transitioning into the role of clinician and consultant for band programs throughout the United States.

Throughout his career, Mark Calima has refined his communication and listening skills so he can best help individuals in the oft-challenging art of music. Listening tips like these are just the beginning of the foundation of Mr. Calima’s success:

  • Face the Speaker

When you’re listening to someone, face them and maintain eye contact to a comfortable degree while turning away from potential distractions.

  • Respond to Show Comprehension

In addition to nodding and murmuring phrases of understanding (uh-hum, mm-hmm, etc.), show your comprehension of what’s being said by restating key points and asking questions.

  • Listen Before Responding

Listen to the speaker without thinking of your response so you completely process what’s being said. When the speaker finishes, then you can think of what to say next.

Consider finding a mentor like Mark Calima if you’re a student who needs to improve listening and communication skills


Mark Calima: Reaching the Next Level

Mark Calima is an award-winning high school band director and music teacher who graduated cum laude from Moores School of Music at the University of Houston with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. He has worked in his field for nearly fifteen years and, in that time, he’s earned an outstanding reputation among peers, students and parents. Presently, he’s transitioning to a career as a clinician/consultant for band programs.

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“As a concert band director, my ensembles have been awarded UIL Sweepstakes Consistently and my groups have been invited to the Midwest International Clinic in Chicago,” said Mark Calima in a 2016 interview. “I feel that I can bring an extensive amount of information and solutions to band programs that are trying to ‘break into the scene’ or reach that ‘next’ level of performance. I have been acknowledged as the director who can ‘create something out of nothing’ and I have the ability to achieve high standards in a short amount of time. I now would like to share this with others in the profession.”

If you hope to launch a career like Mark Calima’s, consider mentoring under such a professional after earning your degree.

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Mark Calima: Nearly Fifteen Years Teaching

Mark Calima has spent nearly fifteen years teaching in and around Houston, Texas. His career began when he accepted a role as the Associate Band Director at Westfield High School in Houston, TX. There, he helped the band achieve numerous accomplishments, including earning the title of 2003 Bands of America Grand National Champion. Under Mr. Calima’s direction, Westfield HS Concert Bands were consistent Texas UIL Sweepstakes Award Winners and frequently received “Best in Class” at statewide festivals.

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Mark Calima: Why Support Nonprofits?

Mark Calima is the Founder and former Director of the Houston Area Summer Wind Ensemble, a nonprofit organization that served as a summer camp for Houston area high school music students between 2004 and 2009. He has nearly fifteen years of experience as a concert band director and marching band director – today, Mr. Calima is transitioning to the roles of clinician and consultant for band programs throughout the United States.

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Since beginning his career, Mark Calima has always loved helping others. His compassion led him to founding the Houston Area Summer Wind Ensemble, and he’s a strong supporter of nonprofits that he believes in.

Mark Calima – Leadership Tips for Professionals

If you don’t already support nonprofits, it’s a great way to help change the world. For example, if you feel that education needs to improve in your area, you can help bring that change by donating time or resources to a local education program. In doing so, you’ll improve the quality of education support available in your area.

Ready to join nonprofit supporters like Mark Calima? Check out local organizations that could use your help today.

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Mark Calima: Music Education

Mark Calima is a dedicated high school band director and music teacher with over fifteen years of experience. He is passionate about helping students learn and is presently expanding his career horizons.

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“I am excited to announce that I will be transitioning into the role of clinician/consultant for band programs throughout Texas and the United States,” said Mark Calima. I feel that my recognized experience can now be shared with others to help them achieve their organization’s goals and visions. I have successfully led students, to national and international honors that have come from very diverse backgrounds and socioeconomic environments. In addition to the success I have had as a marching band director, having produced BOA Grand National Finalists and UIL 6A State Participants, I am also an adjudicator for Drum Corps International and Bands of America, so I have seen the dual perspectives of field competition.”

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If you’re hoping to work as a music educator, as Mark Calima has for nearly fifteen years, consider starting with a Bachelor’s degree in the subject from a respected institution.

Mark Calima: Achieving High Standards

Mark Calima brings the values of experience and perspective to those he works with. An accomplished and award-winning band director for more than a decade, Calima now offers insight and solutions to band programs and music directors throughout the region and across the country; providing professional consultation to those seeking to reach that ever-so-coveted “next level” of performance.

Consistent Bands of America Regional Finalist Mark Calima


A band program consultant/clinician to programs in Texas and throughout the country, Mark Calima brings an impressive set of credentials and experience to each client he serves. A longtime Director of Bands for multiple Texas schools, as well as a leader of numerous concert and marching bands and current adjudicator for such organizations as Bands of America and Drum Corps International, Calima is more-than-qualified to provide the advice and guidance programs and their leaders need to achieve high standards in a very short period of time.

Calima has provided successful leadership to thousands of aspiring musicians throughout his career, leading many from very diverse socioeconomic environments, and backgrounds, to national and international acclaim. The information, wisdom and insight he brings to programs can help them not only reach their goals, but to create something special; something that helps them make their mark and stand out for years to come.

Mark Calima: Basic Elements of Motivational Speaking

Motivating a large group of individuals to consistently work together, and to perform well, is no easy task. As award-winning band leader and concert band consultant/clinician Mark Calima knows, getting everyone on the same page and working toward a common goal presents considerable challenges, making those skilled at doing so an invaluable commodity.

A proven leader and communicator, Mark Calima knows the value of motivational speech, particularly as a way to encourage collaboration and spark investment in team objectives.

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Motivational speech tends to incorporate several basic elements, including:

A Clear Goal

To properly compel people to action, such as the individual musicians within a concert ensemble, it’s crucial to make your intentions as clear as possible. You must clearly lay out your expectations for team behavior in order for everyone to fully grasp the purpose.

An Understanding of the Target Audience

Knowing who it is your trying to motivate, and tailoring your speech toward them, is essential. Delivery, tone and subject matter all depend on the nature of the audience you’re trying to inspire.

A Personal Anecdote

Tying the subject matter back into yourself through the use of personal anecdote helps to make your speech more relatable, and can impact a group in a much deeper way.