Mark Lathan
Mark Joseph Lathan  was born in Arlington Heights, Illinois on June 20, 1961. He is the husband of Barbara Chichocki born May 31, 1955. They have one son Matthew Robert Lathan born on September 5, 1996. Mark is the son of the late James Robert Lathan, architect and engineer and Dolores Margaret Rosch. His studies included a period when he studied jazz arranging with pianist, composer, arranger, clinician and instructor, Frank Mantooth. Mark received a Ph.D. in Composition from UCLA. When living in the Los Angeles CA area he was the choir director at, First Presbyterian Church in Covina, CA. He is a 1979 Graduate of Wheeling High School and a1983 graduate of Northern Illinois University with a major in trumpet performance and a Bachelor of Music. In 2001 he earned a PHD in music from the University of California in Los Angeles. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and College Music Society. He is a composer and arranger of a wide variety of musical styles. He has done cabaret shows, revues, recordings and film. He has published seven jazz band charts at last count. In 1997 he received the Henry Mancini Award in Film Composition. He was a contributing arranger for Louis Bellson's, Sacred Concerto. His choral cantata, Song of Hope, was premiered by the UCLA Chorale and Philharmonia in 2003. He lists his interests as teaching music, music composition, choral conducting, playing both the trumpet and keyboard, films as both a viewer and composer along with brewing beer and baseball. Samples of some of him compositions can be heard by visiting http://www.marklathan.com/compositions.htm