Mark Hardman has been the Director of Bands at George Washington High School for more than 20 years. At George Washington, Hardman directs the Concert Band, Marching Band and Jazz Ensemble. He also teaches private lessons, music theory and music appreciation.
Before coming to George Washington, Mr. Hardman served as assistant professor of music and director of band at Alderson-Broaddus College in Philipi, WV, where he taught a variety of music courses, conducted the concert band and jazz ensemble and supervised the student teaching program in music education. He also taught at Philip Barbour High School.
Mr. Hardman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education and a Master of Music degree in applied conducting from West Virginia University (WVU). While at WVU, he served on the teaching staff of the Mountaineer Marching Band, supervised student teachers in music education and studied conducting with Lawrence Christianson and Don Wilcox.
Mr. Hardman was recognized as an Outstanding Young Man of America in 1998 and was inducted into Phi Beta Mu, the international Bandmaster honorary in 1999. He was named Bandmaster of the Year by Phi Beta Mu in 2000. He is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, the WV Music Educators Association and is past President of the WV Bandmasters Association. In 2000, he was named Music Educator of the Year in WV by the National Federation Interscholastic Music Association, one of only 17 awards granted by the NFIMA that year.
Mr. Hardman has conducted numerous all-county and honor bands in WV and surrounding states and has served as an adjudicator for concert band, marching band, and solo and ensemble festivals. He remains active in those capacities but it primarily dedicated to serving the students of GWHS.