Band Faculty

Mr. Mark S. Yost

Phone: 803.981.1225

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Degrees and Certifications:

M.M. Education - Bowling Green State University B.M. Education - Central Michigan University

Mr. Mark S. Yost

Mark S. Yost is a native of Reed City, Michigan and was hired as the Associate Director of Bands and Director of Jazz at Northwestern High School in 1997 and has served as the Director of Bands since 2012. During his tenure at Northwestern, the bands have earned consistent superior ratings at state and regional festivals and have consistently earned the SCBDA Outstanding Performance Award. The NHS Bands have performed at state and national music conferences and have traveled to perform in New York, Chicago, Dallas, London, and Hawaii. In addition to his work at Northwestern, Mr. Yost also assists with the Dutchman Creek Middle School and Rawlinson Road Middle School band programs.  

Mr. Yost also works as a freelance musician in the Charlotte region. He is currently the principal trumpet in the Central Piedmont Community College Summer Theater Orchestra, has recorded with the Charlotte Jazz Orchestra, and performs regularly at churches in Charlotte and Rock Hill. Mr. Yost is a graduate of Central Michigan University (BME) and Bowling Green State University (MME). He is married to Hilary and they have three children, Elizabeth, Andrew, and Olivia.

Mr. Ryan W. Tinker

Phone: 803.981.1225

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Degrees and Certifications:

M.M. Wind Conducting - University of South Florida B.M. Music Education & Performance Certificate - University of South Carolina

Mr. Ryan W. Tinker

Ryan W. Tinker currently serves as the Associate Director of Bands at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, SC.  Prior to his appointment at Northwestern, Mr. Tinker served as the Director of Bands at Charlotte Catholic High School from 2012-2014 and as an Assistant Director of Bands at York Comprehensive High School from 2010-2012.  He received a Masters of Music in Instrumental Conducting from the University of South Florida where he served as a graduate assistant for the USF Bands.  At USF, Mr. Tinker studied conducting with Dr. John C. Carmichael and Dr. William Wiedrich – and trombone performance with Mr. Tom Brantley.  In addition to his teaching responsibilities with the USF Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, and Herd of Thunder, Mr. Tinker was an active participant in the USF Trombone Studio - playing in the USF Symphony Orchestra, the Wind Ensemble and the Trombone Octet.  

Mr. Tinker received his Bachelor of Music with Emphasis in Music Education and Trombone Performance from the University of South Carolina. While at USC, he studied trombone with Dr. Brad Edwards and conducting with Dr. Rebecca Phillips, Dr. Andrew Gowan, Dr. David O'Shields, and Mr. James Copenhaver. Mr. Tinker received the Robert Van Doren Award (2008) and the Cantey Award of Excellence (2007), the two highest and most prestigious awards given by the USC School of Music to an undergraduate with outstanding musical, academic, and leadership skills.  

Mr. Tinker was a member of the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps from 2005–2008, playing euphonium and serving as horn sergeant and section leader for the corps.  He is also a member of the International Trombone Association, NAFME, Pi Kappa Lambda, CBDNA, NBA, SCMEA, SCBDA, NCMEA, and is a South Carolina Teaching Fellow.  He received an honorary membership into Kappa Kappa Psi, in recognition for his outstanding contributions and dedication to the bands at the University of South Florida. Mr. Tinker lives in Rock Hill, SC with his wife Katie, a math teacher at Northwestern High School.  

Mr. Josh Walker

Phone: 803.981.1225

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Mr. Josh Walker

As a professional musician, Josh Walker has worked in the Carolina region for 20 years, including as percussionist with the Charlotte, Charleston, and Union Symphonies. He has performed with Andrea Bocelli, the Moody Blues, Manhattan Transfer, The Four Tops, Natalie Cole, and many other artists. Josh frequently performs on timpani, drum set, jazz vibes, marimba, and ethnic and orchestral percussion.

As a private instructor, Josh has sent students to All-Region and All-State honor bands in South and North Carolina, Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, and colleges such as University of Cincinnati, Winthrop University, Furman University, the University of South Carolina, UNC Greensboro, and North Carolina School of the Arts.

As a composer and arranger Josh has recently recorded, produced, and released an album of his jazz-influenced arrangements of classic hymns. It is entitled Reimagined: Classic Hymns for a Modern Audience. He also writes music exclusively and non-exclusively for several music libraries.

Josh studied at Winthrop University where he earned a Bachelor of Music Performance in 1998 and a Master of Music Performance in 2001.

He and his wife, Michelle, live in Fort Mill, SC with their daughter.