Mark Anderson is retired from full time teaching at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California, and now teaches one class per quarter. He has served as Dean of the Fine Arts Division from 2009-2016, Founder/Director of the Music Technology Program from 1997-2009, Chair of the Music Department, and Director of Jazz Studies. Prior to joining the faculty at Foothill in 1989, he was Director of Jazz Studies at Fresno City College from 1987 - 1989, and Graduate Teaching Assistant in Jazz Studies at the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music from 1980-1983. After graduate school, he enjoyed a career as a full time professional musician and booking agent in Denver during the 80's, playing hundreds of recording sessions and performing nightly with many of the greatest musicians in the world such as Billy Eckstine, Joe Williams, George Shearing, Randy Brecker, Chuck Mangione, Clark Terry, Bobby Shew, Carl Fontana, James Moody, Branford Marsalis, Frank Wess, Frank Strazzeri, Stanley Turrentine, Arturo Sandoval, Giovanni Hidalgo, Francisco Aguabella, Woody Herman, Louie Bellson, Frank Mantooth, Dianne Schuur, Armando Peraza ,Chris Woods, Plas Johnson, Jack Sheldon, Jon Faddis, David Benoit, Jimmy Buffet, The Temptations, John Denver, Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick, Lou Rawls, The Four Tops, Kenny Rankin, Michael Feinstein, Marvin Hamlisch, Johnny Otis, Mary Wilson, Philip Bailey, The Denver Symphony, Dinah Shore, Glen Campbell, Tanya Tucker, Charlie Pride, Bob Hope, Debbie Reynolds, Rosemary Clooney, Andy Williams, Lainie Kazan, Connie Stevens, Eddie Fischer, Buddy Greco, The Platters, The Mills Brothers, Helen O'Connell, etc.
Mark's recognitions include a California Music Award
for engineering and performing on "Adelante", the "World Beat
Album of the Year" in 1996, Innovation of the Year in
1997 for creating the earliest version of our recording studio,
and Innovator of the Year at Foothill-DeAnza in 1999 for
creating the Music Technology Program.