Craig Mason 7948 Tree Lane , Madison WI, 53717
Instruments:Clarinet, Composition, Conducting, Drums, Ear Training, Flute, Horn, Mallet, Marimba, Oboe, Percussion, Saxophone, Theory, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba

Styles:Classical, Jazz, Blues, Kids
Levels:Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Experience:23 years
Rate:$40 / hr


Personal Statement

Craig Mason attended the University of Wisconsin at Platteville, where he received a Comprehensive Music Education Degree (Vocal, Instrumental, and General). Craig also earned a Masters Degree in Music Education at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He has taught Band, Choir, theater, music theory, jazz, marching band, and chamber ensembles in public and private schools, as well as at the university, collegiate, and adult level.

Craig has extensive experience with jazz education and a rich history with the drum and bugle corps genre, dating back to 1976. He was a performer and teacher for the Madison Scouts until 1992, taught several music ensembles in Europe, and is actively involved with the Madison Scouts Alumni Association.

Craig was selected for the Kohl Fellowship in 1989 and has been selected for Who’s Who in America’s Teachers numerous times, as well as being selected for Who’s Who in America, and has been selected as the most influential music teacher in Wisconsin, by School Band and Orchestra magazine.

Craig has taught many band clinics, judges marching band contests and solo & ensemble festivals. He is a published composer and has arranged and composed for many marching bands, concert bands, chamber ensembles, brass bands, and drum and bugle corps around the United States, Europe and Japan. Currently he is the conductor for the Madison Brass Band, which won the 2012 NABBA 2nd section championship, in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition, he also writes drill for marching bands.

Craig is also an active performer with the Brass Knuckles Brass Quintet, The Craig Mason Combo, and the Madison Neophonic Orchestra.

Specialties: Clinics, arranging, composing, teaching, consulting, private study, French Horn player, conducting, marching band drill writing, custom composing and arranging, Sibelius music software

Education / Training

State of Wisconsin K-12 Instrumental, Vocal, and General Music

Work experience
Teaching experience:
•17 years Stoughton High School 9-12 Band, Music Theory, Musical Theater, Jazz Band 1994-present
•4 Years Stoughton Middle School 7-8 Band, Musical Theater 1990-1994
•2 Years Pepin, Wi. 5-12 Band, 7-12 Choir, Jazz Band 1988-1990
•Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps 1986-1992
•Various drum major, marching band, and music clinics throughout the Midwest and Europe.
•Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (summer 2006)

Arranging, Composing, and Clinic Experience:

Various chamber ensembles and concert band:
Stoughton High School
Madison Brass Band

Marching Bands:
Stoughton High School
Oregon High School
McLean High School, McLean, Virginia
West Moore High School, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Kanto Gakuin University, Yokahama, Japan
Texas State University
Stoughton Middle School
Pepin High School and Middle School
Hazel Park Marching Band, Hazel Park, Michigan

Drum and Bugle Corps
Capitol Sound, Madison, Wisconsin
Jubal, Holland
Sunrisers, England
Kansai, Japan
Madison Jr, Scouts, Madison, Wisconsin
Madison Scouts, Madison, Wisconsin

Graduate Education: Masters of Music Education ; University of Wisconsin-Madison August 2009
Undergraduate Education: Bachelor of Science Music Education- Comprehensive; University of
Wisconsin-Platteville, Platteville, Wi. 53818 May 1988 with high honors

High School Education: Stoughton High School class of 1982

Extracurricular activities
Teaching: Jazz Ensemble, Pep/Rock Band, Marching Band, Music Theory, Musical Pit Orchestra, various chamber ensembles, marching bands and drum & bugle corps. Also adjudicator/clinician for WSMA and MACBDA.

Madison Brass Band
Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society
Faculty Recitals in Stoughton School District
UW Madison Summer Band
Brass Quintet — Stoughton
Stoughton City Band
UW Platteville — Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Symphony Band,
Marching Band, Jazz Band, University Choir, Musical Theater,
Men’s Glee Club, Show/Jazz Choir, Madrigal Singers,Madrigal Brass, Brass Quintet, Woodwind Quintet, Pit Orchestra
Dubuque Symphony Orchestra
Dubuque Chorale Orchestra
Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps
Madison Jr. Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps
Professional memberships
•Music Educator’s National Conference
• International Horn Society,
•Wisconsin School Music Association
• American Federation of Musicians
•International Drum Major Association
• Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps Alumni Association,
•National Association of Jazz Educators
•Wisconsin Education Association Council
• Wisconsin Tuba Marching Society
• National Band Association
• Essentially Ellington

Awards received

School Band and Orchestra Magazine selected as most influential music teacher in Wisconsin, 2009

Stoughton High School Symphonic Band selected to perform at National Band Association Convention, 2009

Stoughton High School Wind Ensemble selected to perform at Wisconsin State Music Conference, fall 2006

Stoughton High School Marching Band selected to perform with
The Dallas Brass at Wisconsin State Music Association
Convention, 2002

Stoughton High School Jazz Ensemble selected to perform at
Wisconsin State Music Association Convention, 2002

Stoughton High School Wind Ensemble selected to perform at
National Band Association Conference, 2002

Kohl Fellowship Recipient, 1989

UW Platteville Concerto Aria Competition Winner, 1988

Kappa Delta Pi Educational Honors Society

UW Platteville Honors Recital performer 1986, 1987, 1988

UW Platteville performer for National Association of Schools and Music Consultant Recital, 1987

UW Platteville Music Student Council, 1986 and 1987

American Choral Director’s Association Honors Choir, 1988

Porter Ellifrit Scholarship Award, 1984

Music Educators National Conference Scholarship Award, 1985

Bea Brecker Memorial Scholarship Award, 1986

Good Citizenship Award, 1982

Foreign Language Award, 1982

Craig Mason