Mark Messer returns to the University of Wisconsin Band Staff for his 41st year as a field assistant. Mark originally served for eight consecutive years, interrupted his work with the band to help raise his young children and develop an outstanding string repair business in Madison, and then returned to the band in 1984. Mark is a former member of the trumpet section with the Wisconsin Band even though his primary area of performance is violin. He was a member of the University Symphony and acted as manager for all the groups in the Orchestra Department while an undergraduate. Since graduating he has earned his Masters of Music degree from the UW – Madison and has recently retired from his long-time position as a string specialist with the Madison Metropolitan School District. Mark is a member of the UW Band Alumni Steering Committee and plays in the Edgewood College Chamber Orchestra and Madison Community Orchestra. He also serves as Ticket Manager for the UW Varsity Band’s Annual Spring Concert.