Mark Hodges is currently the principal percussionist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. He attended the Cincinnati Conservatory where he received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Percussion Performance in 1989. Mark then entered the graduate program at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Richard Weiner. During his time in Cleveland, Mark performed and recorded frequently with the Cleveland Orchestra, including several Deutsche Grammophon CDs under the direction of Pierre Boulez.
Prior to Mark's engagement with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, he held the position of principal percussionist of the West Virginia Symphony, principal percussionist of the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, section percussionist of the Erie Philharmonic and section percussionist of the West Virginia Symphony. Other orchestral appearances include the Louisville Symphony, the Virginia Symphony and the Chautauqua Symphony. Mark has been a featured soloist for several orchestras throughout his career.
Mark has served as the chair of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's Players committee, and is a member of the BPO board of directors, artistic committee, negotiating committee, and the education committee. Mark can be heard on the last eleven CDs made by the Buffalo Philharmonic.