Mark Clodfelter is a versatile performer of international acclaim and a multiple Grammy recommended recording artist. He was recently described by Classical Voice North Carolina as “…a stellar world-class trumpeter who’s dazzling playing wowed the audience”, as “warm toned” by the Lexington Herald Leader (KY) and “an exceptionally strong performer” by the International Trumpet Guild Journal. As a soloist, Mark has appeared in many of the world’s finest performing venues throughout the United States, Germany, Austria, The Czech Republic, France, Switzerland, Italy, Ireland, Russia, Thailand, Greece, Australia, Brazil, Croatia, and the Peoples Republic of China.
Mark can be heard as Principal Trumpet of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, the Trade Winds (Tamp Fl.) and The Palladium Brass. At home in a great array of styles, his commercial affiliations have recently included split lead with the DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra and the Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra. Mark is member of Covalence, a chamber duo, with Rebecca Wilt, his wife and renowned collaborative pianist. Mr. Clodfelter has recorded extensively in styles ranging from classical to rock. He has also appeared with such headliners as Josh Groban, The O’ Jays, Gladys Knight, Mannheim Steam Roller, the Moody Blues, the Lettermen, Doc Severinson, Bob Mintzer, Frank Mantooth, Lou Rawls, Glen Campbell and Ray Charles.
Mark is the Professor of Trumpet at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro. During the decade prior to this appointment, he was Professor of Trumpet at the University of Kentucky. In both cases, his students continue to garner national and international recognition; winning coveted awards and professional placement. Additionally, he was Co-Conductor of the Blue Grass Area Jazz Ambassadors and the Central Kentucky Youth Jazz Orchestra. Mark entered collegiate teaching as Instructor of Trumpet and Director of Jazz Band at Mars Hill College. He has served on the faculty of the prestigious Eastern Music Festival and has taught the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. Mark was a founding member of the Giannini Brass and has held positions with the Greensboro Symphony, the Western Piedmont Symphony, the Salisbury Symphony, the Greenville (SC) Symphony, the North Charleston Pops Orchestra, Orchestra Kentucky, and the Eastern Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr. Clodfelter holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Lenoir-Rhyne College and a Master of Music Degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts. His primary teachers include Raymond Mase, James Thompson and Don Eagle.
Mark Clodfelter is an S.E. Shires Performing Artist and plays Pickett Brass custom mouthpieces.