Mark Hodges is currently the Principal Percussionist of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he has held since 1998. He also is a member of the percussion faculty at the State University of New York, Buffalo State College. Hodges has performed in over twenty-two recordings with the Buffalo Philharmonic as well as many with the Cleveland Orchestra. In addition to his recordings and performances, Hodges has been featured multiple times as a soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and as a guest artist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in 2011.
Prior to his engagement with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Hodges held the positions of Principal Percussionist of the West Virginia Symphony, Section Percussionist of the West Virginia Symphony, Principal Percussionist of the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, and Percussionist of the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra. Other orchestral engagements include The Cleveland Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony, Louisville Symphony, Canton Symphony, and Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Hodges is the founder of the Buffalo-based company Druminar™, a corporate training, leadership development, and team building consulting firm. Druminar is employed by Fortune 100 companies, national banks, international manufacturing companies, and major non-profit corporations designed to teach both business managers and employees the value of highly functioning teams, resulting in increased levels of employee/team engagement and business performance.
As an artist/endorser for Freer Percussion, Zildjian Cymbals, and Pro-Mark, Hodges has been a clinician, adjudicator and lecturer throughout the United States including the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). Hodges received his Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and his Master of Music in Percussion from the Cleveland Institute of Music.