Mark Lowery is a graduate of California State University Long Beach with a degree in Music Education and studied bassoon with Norman Hertzberg. Mr. Lowery taught in Anaheim and Mission Viejo then, moved south to teach at El Camino High School until his retirement. During his 38 teaching years, his bands and orchestras received many awards and superior ratings. Mr. Lowery was Oceanside Unified School District Teacher of the year in 2010. He served on the board of directors for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association including two terms as president and received Honorary Life Member in 2014. Mr. Lowery currently judges music festivals for the SCSBOA and plays with bands, orchestras, and chamber music groups.