Mark Istratie began his career in pageantry in Farmington Hills, MI. Upon graduating from Harrison High School, Mark went on to perform with Ancora Winter Guard (2008-2009) and with the Madison Scouts (2008-2010). Mark then continued his career in Michigan, teaching many different ensembles including Harrison High School, South Lyon High School, Novi High School, Lake Orion High School, Oakland University Winter Guard, Ancora Winter Guard, Farmington United Winter Guard, Farmington United Percussion, Ovation Independant, and West Bloomfield High School.

Recently, Mark relocated to San Antonio, Texas where he served as the Color Guard Director at Judson High School. While in Texas, Mark was also a part of the technical staff for Origins Color Guard (Austin, Texas).

Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Madonna University and also holds current performance positions with the Michigan Opera Theater, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Opera MODO, and Opera San Antonio. Currently, Mark is the Color Guard/Program Coordinator at West Bloomfield High School and Color Guard Director at Plymouth-Canton Educational Park in Canton, Michigan.