Mark's career in music began in 1982, by teaching himself guitar techniques, using the Aaron Shearer and Berklee guitar methods.
Upon graduating from Seton Hill University at Greensburg, Pennsylvania in 2003, Mark accepted a position teaching music with the Loudoun County Virginia Public Schools system.
Mark received his Master's Degree in Music Education from George Mason University
Was recognized by Virginia Governor, Mark Warner, for teaching excellence
Received the Inaugural Seton Hill University Excellence in Teaching Award for Fine Arts
Presently, Mark owns and operates StudioRock of Northern Virginia, a music performance studio located in Herndon, Virginia.
He also directs youth bands in the annual YouthFest Music Festival located in Loudoun County. The fest is active 4 months out of the year and includes “Battle of Bands” events. Mark and Kenny Finger are among the Battle of the Bands’ judges.
In addition, Mark hosts two digital radio shows, weekly: “The Studio Rocks, with Mark Campayno” and “The Essence of Cool: An Insight into Jazz and Blues, with Mark Campayno”. The shows are broadcast on, www.thejazzrepository.org or www.jazzbitesradio.com.
In the warmer months, Mark works security for Live Nation at its Bristow, Virginia location. This involvement has taught him much about live music production.
Currently, Mark is involved in multiple music collaborations with musicians from around the world and also looks forward to a future with Flight of Odin.
In the News:
Xyra and Andrew Cann welcome back our original drummer from Flight of Odin, Kenny Finger.
So... after a respite, the band is back on track and ready to move onward and upward.
Tune in for additional updates!
Any leads, please Facebook Message Angel H-Cann or email: Band Inquiry with the subject line: FLIGHT OF ODIN.
Have a HAPPY CHRISTMAS
and a WONDERFUL New Year!
HEAR us on Forbidden Alliance, WOWD FM, September 2: 9:30 AM to noon!
TUNE IN ONLINE:
Looking forward to your Facebook Live comments and messages during the show!
Among other topics, Robbie White and Weasel (formerly of WHFS) will interview Xyra about her travels, crazy life adventures, celebrity photography, founding Capitol Crisis magazine, her musical background, and years hosting on Georgetown University’s WGTB and guest-hosting on American University’s WAMU FM radio.
Included on the show will be tracks from Xyra’s various bands: Verborgen, The_LINE, The Xyra Band, Mystic Angels, and current band, Flight of Odin.
Pianist/bassist Andrew Cann, Xyra’s husband and bandmate for more than 20 years will also be present!
Many thanks for your friendship and patronage, over the years!
So far, 2018 has brought with it severe weather for portions of the United States and other parts of our Earth. With deepest sincerity, I send my best thoughts for healing and protection from harm in the months to come. First, we must admit that humanity has harmed our planet and her inhabitants, causing imbalances in nature, some of which cannot be eradicated.
We are a species capable of extreme greed and indifference, but also capable of empathy and love. Many of us care about the results of our actions, but are unwilling participants in the activities of government and industry. However, it is only we who can change things. We must start by sharing responsibility and affording our Earth and all of her creatures respect, compassion and common decency. It all begins and ends with us...how we react and what we do from this moment forward will determine the ultimate outcome.
Best thoughts from Xyra and Flight of Odin