Faculty

Mark J. Spede

Email:  mspede@clemson.edu
Phone:  864-656-6587
Website:  http://www.clemson.edu/tigerband
Office Hours:  Monday - Thursday: 9 -10 am
Monday and Wednesday: 2 - 3 pm

Biography

Dr. Mark J. Spede is Associate Professor, Director of Bands, Director of Tiger Band, and Conductor of the Symphonic Band at Clemson University. He also administrates the band program including athletic and jazz bands. He is the recipient of the Clemson University 2009 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities), and two Clemson University Board of Trustees Awards for Faculty Excellence (2008 and 2009). Mark Spede has served the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) in a number of capacities. From 2004 to 2006 he served as state chair for South Carolina. He also served on the CBDNA “New Era Think Tank” in 2005, and as chair of the “Athletic Band Task Force” from 2005 to 2009. He was just elected Vice President of the Southern Division of CBDNA (encompassing eleven southern states), and will become President in 2013. In addition, he was recently elected president of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Band Directors Association.

Dr. Spede previously served on the faculties at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Florida in Gainesville as Assistant Director of Bands. At Florida, he also taught percussion. As a freelance arranger, he has written extensively for high school and college marching bands. His wind band arrangements are published by Peer Music, Schirmer, Boosey and Hawkes, and Carl Fischer. He served as Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Wind Symphony, where he also helped to produce two of their recordings.

His professional performing experience includes orchestra (principal percussion in the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra, Muncie Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Flint Symphony Orchestra), jazz (performing with such artists as Randy Brecker, Ray Brown, Pete Christlieb, Dennis DiBlasio, Duffy Jackson, Dave Pell, Bobby Shew, Marvin Stamm, Bill Watrous, Ernie Watts and Phil Wilson), as well as at Walt Disney World. He received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan, a Master of Music from Ball State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of Texas at Austin.


Mark J. Spede directs the following ensemble(s):