WARSAW — Warsaw Community Schools has announced the recommendation of Mark Ziegler to fulfill the role of Warsaw Community High School band director. Ziegler will be recommended to the WCS Board of School Trustees during the July regular board meeting July 24.
Ziegler is no stranger to Kosciusko County and its surrounding area. Born in Warsaw, raised in Whitley County and a graduate of Columbia City High School, he will return home to take the podium at WCHS. After high school, Ziegler began to follow his passion for instrumental music by marching with the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 1992. This experience led him to pursue a career in music education.
Upon graduating from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in church music, Ziegler obtained his music education degree through Indiana/Purdue at Fort Wayne in 1999.
His career in music began as a teacher at Calvary Christian School in Kentucky, where he successfully built up an instrumental program recognized by the Kentucky Music Educators Association. Ziegler returned to Indiana as the band director for Clay City High School in Clay City. During his 12 years at CCHS, Ziegler’s accomplishments included 11 semi-state and three state finals appearances in ISSMA marching band, multiple gold ratings at ISSMA concert band festivals, repeatedly qualifying at the state finals level with Indiana Percussion Association and a Divisional Regional A state finals IHSCGA championship in winter guard.
Along with teaching, Ziegler has worked as a percussion instructor, written marching band drills, composed and adapted music scores and adjudicated solo and ensemble participants. He is eager to share his knowledge and experience with the instrumental music students at Warsaw Community High School. In the coming weeks, he, his wife Becky and their three children, Emily, Anna and Nathan, will be moving into the Warsaw community and look forward to engaging with families and students throughout the coming school year.