||It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of one of Alfred's most prolific composers, Mark Williams, who passed away on January 3, 2008. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Williams family during this most difficult time in their lives.|
|Mark was one of the premier composers for school bands and orchestras. Co-author of the Accent on Achievement Band Method, he had over 200 published works to his credit. As a clinician and guest conductor, he traveled to 34 states, 5 Canadian provinces, and Australia.|
Mark was born in Chicago and grew up in Spokane, Washington. He taught music in the state of Washington for many years, specializing in elementary band. He had also served as the Conductor and Artistic Director for the Spokane British Brass Band since of the summer of 1999.
|Mark was a warm, kind, generous and brilliant human being and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him, or experienced his great music. We all mourn his loss today, but we also ask you to join us in celebrating Mark's life, his passion for music and his many gifts to the world. We will always miss him, but he will live on in our hearts and through his music. |
|Alfred is working to establish the Mark Williams Memorial Fund for Educators in collaboration with Music for All. The fund will award annual scholarships to music educators to attend the Music for All Summer Symposium for professional development held at the Illinois State University each summer. Donations to the Mark Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund for Educators will be placed in an endowment. Only the income generated by the endowment will be expendable. To learn more about the scholarship fund or to make a contribution, please visit musicforall.org.|