Mark Hamilton has been trombonist of the Klezmer Conservatory Band since 1985. Playing Yiddish music has been very good to Mark as he’s toured throughout Europe, Australia, and North America and recorded nine CD’s. He has filmed a children’s video for Rabbit Ears Productions entitled The Fool and the Flying Ship with narration by Robin Williams and been featured in Joel Grey’s Yiddish music revue Borschtcapades ’94. Mark has appeared on stage and in the pit orchestra with the American Repertory Theatre’s production of Shlemiel The First receiving rave reviews in the New York Times, the Village Voice, the New Yorker and Newsweek. He has performed in the PBS special In the Fiddler’s House and on The Late Show with David Letterman with renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman and was heard on Minnesota Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. A talented educator, Mark is on the jazz faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan and is the former Instrumental Music Director at Applewild School in Massachusetts where his bands consistently won top honors at the International Association of Jazz Educator’s festivals. A proud graduate of the New England Conservatory and the University of Delaware, he is also a founding member of the Boston area ensembles Brass Planet and ¡Klezperanto! Both an arranger and composer, he specializes in klezmer and jazz music for concert bands and other ensembles. Mark created a publishing company to make this music available for such groups, hamiltunes.org. He also performs on electric bass, keyboard, percussion and steel drum with the Mark Greel Band. Learn more about Mark's musical experiences in our 2017 Featured Interview with him.
Mark Hamilton has been playing the trombone ever since he was in the fourth grade, the very same year he won an ice cream cone for performing I Love You Truly the best in his class. Since those early beginnings, Mark Hamilton has performed all over the world and recorded nine CDs as a member of the Klezmer Conservatory Band. He is a busy freelancer and has performed with Joe Williams, Itzhak Perlman, Victor Borge, Robin Williams, and Joel Grey among others. A talented educator, Mark is on the jazz faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan and is the former Instrumental Music Director at a fancy Independent School in central Massachusetts where his bands consistently won top honors at the International Association of Jazz Educator's festivals.