Mark Craig is a retired US Air Force Master Sergeant. Most recently, he was a clarinetist with the United States Air Force Band of the West, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, from 2015-2019. On 1 September 2019, Sgt Craig retired from active duty after twenty-four years of honorable service. While assigned to the Band of the West, he served as the Leader and Musical Director of the Spectrum Winds Woodwind Quintet, Leader of the Mission Winds Clarinet Quartet, as the Director of the unit's Music Library, and as unit Staff Arranger. Originally from Dallas, Texas, his Air Force career began in 1995 with the US Air Force Band of Liberty at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, where he was stationed for eight years. Additional assignments were in the United States Air Forces in Europe Band, at Sembach Air Base, Germany, for five years, and the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West, at Travis Air Force Base, California, for eight years.
Mark studied at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Music. He has studied with Steve Girko, former Principal Clarinetist with the Dallas Symphony, and Dr. James Gillespie, Retired University Regents Professor of Clarinet at the University of North Texas. He has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and for many world leaders in 46 states and over 35 countries throughout Europe, northern Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
Mark works hard on improving his skills in photography and composition. He is a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography and has completed two Sibelius arranging seminars at the Music Technology Retreat in Carson, WA. His unique arrangements have garnered national recognition, including performances on the syndicated radio program "Fresh Air," and the National Flute Association, where he won the "Newly Published Music Competition" award for a woodwind quintet arrangement in 2016. His music has been performed in all of the Air Force Bands, including the U.S. Air Force Premier Band in Washington D.C. and the U.S. Air Force Academy Band in Colorado Springs, as well as other service bands, throughout the United States, Europe, Northern Africa, and Asia.
In August 2019, Mark began graduate studies at the University of North Texas. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Library Science Degree in Music Librarianship. He plans to graduate in May 2022 and begin work as a music librarian; he will also continue performing clarinet, and writing and publishing musical arrangements. He currently has over 130 musical arrangements published on ALRY, SMP Press, and Score Exchange.