Mark joined WGI Percussion in 1996 as a judge, and then served as the Educational Director in 1997-1998. He became Percussion Coordinator in 1999 (a position he still holds) and has been the guiding force behind the exceptional growth of the indoor percussion activity ever since. In 2006, Mark was inducted into the WGI Hall of Fame. Mark also served as the caption head and arranger for the Crossmen Drum and Bugle corps from 1984 to 1996. Mark Thurston has been involved with several marching ensembles as a writer, teacher, and consultant.