Mark Manduca holds a Bachelor of Science in music education from the University of Maine at Orono and a Master of Music in trombone performance from Boston University. His teachers were Gregg Magnusson, Fred Heath, and Ronald Barron, principal trombone (retired) of the Boston Symphony. Mark is a member of the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Portland Brass Quintet, The Portland Jazz Orchestra, Five Cylinder Jazz, and he freelances with numerous jazz and classical groups. He has played for many pop and jazz artists including Barry Manilow, Anne Murray, Johnny Mathis, and has worked with the Guy Lombardo band. His jazz group, Five Cylinder Jazz has appeared as soloists in two shows with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, featuring the music of Duke Ellington and Count Basie.
Mark has taught low brass, theory and music history, and conducted jazz and concert bands at Bates, Bowdoin and the University of Southern Maine. He adjudicates at festivals and has conducted piano monster concerts festivals throughout the country. He is a member of the International Trombone Association. He is currently the music director at Old Orchard Beach High School where he conducts concert and jazz bands. He runs a marching band which has won numerous gold medals at state festivals. In 2014 he was featured as one of the 50th best band directors in the USA.
He writes and edits music for Manduca Music Publications.
Mark lives in Portland, Maine with his wife Elizabeth. He enjoys carpentry, reading and travel.