Meet the Musicians

Meet the Musicians

Get to know the amazing musicians of the Memphis Symphony!

Mark Vail

Mark Vail

Colleges attended: North Texas State University
Most influential musical teachers: John Kitzman, David Waters
First Season with the MSO: 1985
Teaching Positions: Rhodes College, Germantown Baptist Conservatory of Music
As a Chamber Musician: Sunday Traffic Brass Quintet
As a Composer: I have two published transcriptions for trombone quartet.
Appeared as a soloist with: Briarcrest HS., Arlington HS., Collierville HS., Overton HS.
Notable achievements: Kappa Kappa Psi award winner

 

FUN FACTS!


Favorite Memphis restaurant: My Favorite Place… it’s a Mexican restaurant.
Describe your family and pets: I have a wife, Liz who is an executive assistant at ServiceMaster Clean, a daughter who is 12 and a Shetland Sheepdog named Luke
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go: As a family, we try to go to Walt Disney World annually.
Favorite hobby: Listening to WDW podcasts while running.
Age you started your instrument: I had my first band concert at the age of 10. That was in 1970… Where did the time go?
What inspired you to make music your career: My father was the euphonium soloist with the United States Naval Academy Band
Favorite book, movie, or TV show: Hmm… difficult to name just one… I like Science Fiction mostly.
Most embarrassing moment on stage: I was the stage manager for the Midland/Odessa Symphony and during the performance; I had to lift the piano lid of a piano that was on the edge of the stage. I didn’t have any leverage with which to properly do this. So with all my might, I slowly lifted the piano lid… It must have looked rather intense from the audiences’ perspective, because it took like 20 seconds.
Favorite piece of music: Richard Wagner’s tetralogy “Der Ring des Niebelungen” hmm… about 15 hours long.