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Mark Coombe Seeks to Use Music to Benefit Others

Vocalist, guitarist, bassist, and songwriter Mark Coombe began playing in bands when he was 6 years old. In the time since, Mark Coombe has served as a music minister for churches, sung in choirs, and performed with the Oregon Repertory Singers.

Committed to using music as a vehicle to help others, Mark Coombe has played at fund-raising events benefiting the affordable housing organization Habitat for Humanity. As a volunteer with Rotary International, he has facilitated opportunities for foreign exchange students to record their music in a professional studio. He has also helped bring cheer to children coping with illness during the holiday season by dressing as Santa Claus and playing songs for them.

Mark Coombe earned a bachelor of business administration from the University of Oregon and completed a master of arts in teaching with a concentration in music education at Lewis & Clark College. During his undergraduate studies he led as chair of community service for Phi Gamma Delta, and in graduate school he helped raise funds for United Way, working for the nonprofit as a loaned executive. Complementing his studies in music education, Mr. Coombe has taken courses in music therapy at the University of Kansas.

Appreciative of the spiritual music of the British Isles, Mark Coombe has traveled to England and Ireland to listen to choral singing in the countries’ historic cathedrals. He enjoys spending his free time cycling, following the Oregon Ducks football team, and watching movies based on episodes in history.


Masters of Arts Teachings

MAT Lewis & Clark College

Studied Music Therapy for one year only did not receive a degree

University of Kansas
Sep 1975Dec 1979

Bachelor of Business Administration

University of Oregon