What an honor it was to interview my own band director: Mr. Mark A. Hensler for this very special FIFTIETH EPISODE!
In this episode, Mr. Hensler shares insights into his classroom management strategies, particularly the importance of pacing, as well as finding what works for you, and getting off of the podium. It has been years since I have been in a classroom with Mr. Hensler, but I continue to learn from the example he sets about creating an environment filled with joy, laughter, and high standards. I cannot wait for you to hear this one!
Mark A. Hensler recently retired after 36 years as a music educator in the Northwest Local School District (Cincinnati, OH). During his tenure at NWLSD, he was band director at Northwest High School (1984-1994), Pleasant Run Middle School (1984-2020) and several elementary schools. Under his direction, the Pleasant Run MS Bands earned 30 Superior ratings at the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) Adjudicated Events, (including a run of 19 consecutive years), and was selected to perform at the 2014 OMEA State Professional Development Conference (PDC) held in Columbus, OH.
As euphoniumist, Mr. Hensler has performed with the Frank Simon Band, The Cincinnati, (Fillmore), Wind Band, The Fillmore Brass Band, Bavarian’s German Band, and the Yuletide Brass Quartet, and appears frequently as a soloist with school and community groups in the Greater Cincinnati area. He currently directs the Ohio Military Band, (1995-present).
Mr. Hensler has served the Ohio Music Education Association in numerous posts including State President, and is currently the Director of Professional Development and Conference Management, (2014-present).
He received his Bachelor of Music Education from Morehead State University, KY, where he studied with Dr. Earle L. Louder. He also holds an MBA from Miami University, Oxford, OH. He resides in Fairfield Township, Ohio with his wife Jenni. He is an avid collector of recordings, vintage sheet music, and historical band memorabilia.
You can get in touch with Mr. Hensler with any of the links below: