Trombonist J. Mark Whitfield is an active performer, educator, and clinician based in eastern North Carolina. A New Bern native, he serves as Assistant Teaching Instructor of Trombone and Euphonium at the East Carolina University School of Music. Prior to his appointment at ECU, Dr. Whitfield taught at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, and spent time teaching public school in North Carolina.
Mark was an original cast member of the Mason Entertainment Group production Blast! The Music of Disney, serving as music manager and performing on trombone and euphonium for sold-out crowds in Tokyo, Osaka, Shiga, and Nagoya in 2016. He can be heard on 10-time CMA Musician of the Year Mac McAnally’s 2017 album Southbound. He has performed with a variety of ensembles throughout the country and around the world, including symphony orchestras in the Carolinas and Mississippi, the North Carolina Brass Band, the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus Band, the Midtown Men, Los Adolescentes, and the Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, and Mac McAnally and the Coral Reefer Band.
Dr. Whitfield currently lives in New Bern, North Carolina, and when he’s not playing music, he enjoys cycling, the Eastern NC craft beer scene, the occasional video game, and spending time with his family. He earned is Doctor of Musical Arts in Trombone Performance and Pedagogy from The University of Southern Mississippi, Master of Music in Trombone Performance from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and Bachelor of Music in Music Education from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Mark holds memberships in the International Trombone Association, the International Tuba Euphonium Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is proud to perform on Yamaha instruments and Greg Black mouthpieces.
Beverly Andrews, Co-Concertmaster
Christine Maynard, Co-Concertmaster
Mary Jo White