Mark L. Schirmer of Sunapee was appointed Music Director of the Kearsarge Community Band in February, 2017, bringing an extensive background of experience as an instrumentalist and band director. He is a highly skilled trombonist who has performed in numerous musical ensembles in Massachusetts, including concert bands, brass bands and pit orchestras for musical theatre, oratorios and operas. Schirmer was a member and Assistant Conductor of the Bridgewater (MA) Antiphonal Brass Society for over 30 years. He is also a former conductor of the Foxboro Company Band, the Canton (MA) Community Band and the Canton American Legion Band.
A Northern Virginia native, Schirmer received a B.S. degree in Astrophysics from the University of Wisconsin and an M.S. degree in Engineering from Boston University. Currently, he is a consulting engineer specializing in semiconductor and sensor technologies. Schirmer’s other interests include vintage cars, woodworking and motorcycling. He owns several motorcycles, mostly BMW, and has traveled extensively on motorcycles throughout North America, Europe and New Zealand.