Mark appeared as a guest artist at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, and has also performed with numerous orchestras, including the New World Symphony, the Utah Symphony Orchestra, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Vermont Symphony, the Reading Symphony, and the Britten-Pears Festival Orchestra in England. He has been a featured solo recitalist at the University of California – Santa Barbara, Brigham Young University, Capital University, and Snow College. He also performed the Wagenseil Concerto for Alto Trombone at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT.
An active chamber musician, Mark is a founding member of the Guidonian Hand Trombone Quartet. The Guidonian Hand appeared as a featured artist at the 2010 International Trombone Festival in Austin, TX and performs regularly in the New York City area. Upcoming engagements include the Eastern Trombone Workshop as well as tours to California, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Vermont. The Hand has premiered numerous works and received grants from organizations such as Chamber Music America, the Barlow Foundation, and New Music USA (formerly Meet the Composer). Other projects that Mark is working on include the Three-fifths Brass Trio, and the Leora Chamber Orchestra.
He has appeared at such New York City Venues as Le Poisson Rouge, Zankell Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the Galapagos Art Space, the Tank, and John Zorn’s performance space, the Stone. In 2010, Mark was featured with the M5 Brass Quintet on WQXR’s McGraw Hill Young Artist Showcase. The quintet was also the Young Artist in Residence at Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival in Vail, CO. As a former member of the Synergy Brass Quintet Mark performed concerts and presented master classes throughout the United States, including appearances at the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, the San Francisco Conservatory, Indiana University School of Music, and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.
With an insatiable appetite for the new and unusual, Mark has commissioned and premiered numerous works, and founded the new music ensemble Grocery Store Sushi. In November of 2012, he will premiere Serpens for bass, tenor and alto trombones by J. Mark Stambaugh. Additionally, he has performed with New York-based groups Ensemble ACJW, Wet Ink and Alarm Will Sound, and was a featured soloist at the New York Electronic Arts Music Festival.
At home in a variety of musical settings, Mark has appeared with several indie rock bands and can be heard on recordings of “Lillian,” a folk opera by Ben Lear and Snowmine’s album Laminate Pet Animal. Mark is also a member of the Shrine Big Band, an experimental ensemble based at the Shrine in Harlem.
Committed to instructing and inspiring the next generation of musicians, Mark actively participates in community outreach and is on the faculty of the Third Street Music School Settlement and Camp MSM in New York City.
Mark earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He then went on to receive a Master’s degree in trombone performance at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and a Graduate Performance diploma with Norman Bolter at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Manhattan School of Music.