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Mark Nichols
Mark Nichols




Mark Nichols is currently entering his 10th year at the Santa Clara Vanguard and his 7th in a Caption Manager position. He is also currently the Associate Director of Bands at Brazoswood High School in Houston, Texas. His primary responsibilities include the Marching Band, Concert Band, Winds II Band, and Chamber Music class. He attended the University of North Texas for both a Bachelors and a Masters in Music Education, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He also undertook postgraduate studies in instrumental conducting at Baylor University.

Prior to Brazoswood, Mark was the Director of Bands at La Porte High School where he was able to bring them their first Sweepstakes in over 20 years. He has also taught at Dickinson High School, Blue Valley West High School, Blue Valley High School, J.J. Pearce High School, and Parkhill Junior High School. While in Kansas, the Blue Valley West band was named the Kansas State Honor Band, performed at the KMEA Convention, and was named a Mark of Excellence State Champion.

Before teaching at Vanguard, Mark was on the brass staff of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. He spends his free time with his wife Krissa and their boys Riley, Blake, and Brady.