Mark Maynard

After a successful music career in Virginia Beach, Mark moved to Charlottesville in 1986. Since then, he has been involved in countless projects with a variety of local groups and songwriters. Whether performing with, or writing and recording for, talented musicians including Sokoband, John Dearth, Bob Girard, the UVA Jazz Ensemble, Kid Pan Alley, Corey Harris, The Buzzard Hollow Boys, or Baaba Seth, among many others, Mark brings a level of attitude, playing, and writing versatility that spans generations and musical styles. Mark also worked as a Los Angeles sessions trombonist on a long list of sessions in 1989/1990.

For many years, Mark and Michael were day job colleagues at the Crutchfield Corporation -- Michael as an editor in the Creative department and Mark heading up Human Resources. After many years of pursuing parallel musical careers, Mark and Mike connected in sound on a corporate band project, The Billz before working together on the Soko:Two release concert in May 2005. For Sokoband, Mark brought his razor-sharp ears and impeccable technique to bear upon a trombone arrangement within the horn section of "Coast to Coast." Mark is a master of a supremely difficult instrument and is ideally suited for sessions work. He comes to a complete understanding the role of his instrument in a particular composition and works efficiently, yet like a master craftsman, to deliver something very close to musical perfection.