Travis Marks is a senior at West Texas A&M University pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. He was born and raised in Midland, Texas and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 2008. Travis was a member of the TMEA All-State Band in 2006, 2007, and 2008 and was selected as the TSSEC Outstanding Soloist for Trombone in 2008. Since being a student at WT, Travis has participated in every ensemble offered for his instrument including The West Texas A&M University Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, and Trombone Choir. He has had the opportunity to perform at the Texas Music Educators Association, The College Band Director’s National Association Conference, The “Pershing’s Own” Eastern Trombone Workshop, and the Big XII Trombone Conference. In 2009 Travis was also placed on the Honorable Mention list for the International Trombone Association’s Gilberto Gagliardi Solo Competition. His teachers and mentors include Randy Storie, Sharon Chase, Dr. Rai Morales, Karen McAffee, Clyde Wilson, Bryan Collins, Dr. Gary Garner, Don Lefevre, and Dr. Russ Teweliet. Travis hopes to complete his degree and pursue graduate work and ultimately perform as an orchestral or chamber musician and/or teach Trombone at the collegiate level.