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Gary Markham
Gary Markham




Gary Markham retired as the Supervisor of Music for the Cobb County School District in 2013 and previously spent 25 years as a band director in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and the Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax County, Virginia. His programs have consistently received superior ratings. In 1992, Colonel Eugene Allen, Director of the United States Army Band, presented the Sudler Flag of Honor to the Robinson Band, and Markham received the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Order of Merit, one of the multitude of awards he has received during his career. Markham has been inducted into the Phi Beta Mu Honorary Bandmasters Fraternity in both Pennsylvania and in Virginia and has also been inducted into the Bands of America (BOA) Hall of Fame.

Markham works internationally as a clinician, guest conductor, adjudicator and consultant. He currently serves on several Metro Atlanta Arts Boards, the BOA Advisory Board, the Drum Corps International (DCI) Rules and Systems Taskforce, and the Advisory Committee for the MidWest Clinic. He is the Chief Judge for BOA, Senior Education Consultant for Music for All and Judge Education Director for DCI. Markham received his B.S. degree from Mansfield State University, M. Ed. degree from Penn State University, and did Ph. D (ABD) study in conducting and music supervision at George Mason University.

The Role of the Concert Band in the Total Band Program

Gary Markham writes on the importance of a strong concert band as the foundation for a strong, well-rounded band program.

Thoughts on Competition and the Judging Process

Bands of America Chief Judge Gary Markham shares his thoughts on competition and why the “reaction to competitive results” is the most important aspect.

It All Starts With the Music — General Effect Considerations in the Music: A partnership between Designer, Teacher, Performer, and Judge

Gary Markham attempts the challenge of defining “general effect” in terms of ensemble adjudication.