Mark Calima is devoting his career to music education. He is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of Houston, where he received his degree in music education in 2004. Over the next fourteen years, he served the music programs at middle and high schools around Texas.
He has a particular fondness for marching bands, and has led school bands to prestigious competitions. He has also directed wind ensembles and concert bands, and in 2013 directed the Cedar Ridge High School Low Brass Choir, which was invited to perform at the prestigious Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.
He has also made his mark as a Music Summer Camp Director. Music summer camp bears many similarities to the classes he has taught at the middle and high school levels. But at the same time, it is an entirely different creature. The participants, after all, are kids on their summer breaks. The bottom line for band camps is that they are a place where young musicians can go to have fun, and to get better at playing their instruments.
Marching band, in particular, should be treated the same as a sport. It can be grueling and vigorous, so the musicians should always limber up before carrying their instruments around. Because it’s summer camp, they should also wear sunscreen, and remember to reapply it every couple of hours. There should be a ready supply of aloe gel, too, to treat those who got a little too much sun. Campers should all have it on their list of stuff to bring with them, but someone always forgets, so there should be a supply that everyone can use, just in case.
Equally important as guarding against too much sun is getting proper hydration. The kids, and the band director too, should drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated. A sports drink, like Gatorade or Powerade, is a reasonable substitute for water, but sugary drinks in general should be avoided, because they are more likely to dehydrate you.
Mark Calima brings his years of experience to whatever musical endeavor he undertakes. He is known as a band director who can make something out of nothing, and can achieve high standards in short periods of time. He is a past recipient of the “Who’s Who Among America’s High School Teachers” award.