Mark Britt

Mark Britt

Professor of Music, Low Brass

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Mark E. Britt is a highly respected musician and educator. He has served in numerous leadership positions, including former Chair of the Furman Music Department, President of the South Carolina Music Educators Association, and Chairman of the National Collegiate Advisory Board for NAfME (formerly MENC). He is an active clinician and has presented sessions in Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, South Carolina, Massachusetts, California, Michigan, Tennessee, and Virginia. Britt serves as the Director of Furman’s Music in Italy study away program, is a visiting evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and is an active adjudicator across the country.

A celebrated chamber musician and conductor, Britt is the founder and music director of the Palmetto Posaunen, a professional trombone choir. He conducted performances with that group at the International Trombone Festival and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. As a former member of the Zephyr Brass Trio his work with that group, along with the Palmetto Posaunen, includes the premier of nearly 20 compositions and arrangements. In addition, Britt has given recitals in Austria, Germany, Italy, and the United States. He has appeared at the International Trumpet Guild Conference, the Eastern Trombone Workshop, the International Horn Symposium, Piccolo Spoleto, and Spoleto USA. His low brass students have been national finalists in solo competitions sponsored by the International Trombone Association, International Tuba and Euphonium Association, and the Music Teachers National Association.

Mark is principal trombonist of the Spartanburg Philharmonic, the Hendersonville Symphony, and performs often with the Greenville Symphony. Britt has taught at Valdosta State University, Columbus State University, Appalachian State University, North Greenville University, and the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, in addition to several years teaching both band and chorus in the North Carolina public schools. He has served eleven times as the Instrumental Music Director for the Montreat Music and Worship Conference, an event sponsored by the Presbyterian Association of Musicians.

Honors & Awards

  • Inducted into the South Carolina Music Educators Hall of Fame (2023)
  • Citation of Excellence from American Bandmasters Association (2007)
  • President of National Collegiate Advisory Council
  • President of Collegiate Division for Music Educators National Conference (MENC) (2004-2006)
  • Collegiate Membership Advisor for Southern Division of MENC (1999-2006)
  • Twice a member of the William Cramer Memorial Trombone Choir for the International Trombone Festival


  • D.M., Performance, Florida State University
  • M.M., Performance, Northwestern University
  • B.M.E., Music Education, Appalachian State University

Training Under:

  • John Drew, Florida State University
  • Frank Crisafulli, Northwestern University
  • Harold McKinney, Appalachian State University


I shape my teaching to the unique needs, desires, and goals each student brings to the studio. Learning in music is a daily activity resulting in the gratifying state of constant development and refinement. It is my job to assist the student in developing a plan to reach their professional goals by providing a learning environment that will allow the student to flourish.

My background as an educator and performing musician has crafted my commitment to extensive involvement with professional organizations. I firmly believe one can be a dynamic educator, performer, or administrator while creating a life that is imbued with purpose and meaning. Being a musician has moved me along that edifying path and I am eager to share that walk with my students.