Originally from Peru, Indiana, trombonist Mark E. Weaver received his formal music education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington, Indiana. Weaver graduated with a bachelor of music degree in trombone performance in 1979. Weaver is also an alumnus of the Music Academy of the West, and the Stetson Summer Orchestral Music Institute. His primary teachers were Lewis Van Haney, Dr. S. Thomas Beversdorf, Keith Brown, James Beckel, and Jack C. Robinson.


In the fall of 1980, Weaver was selected to become principal trombonist of The United States Coast Guard Band, one of the finest wind ensembles in the world. During his tenure with the band, Weaver toured throughout the United States, and internationally to Russia, the United Kingdom, and Japan. In 1992, Weaver was selected as the principal trombonist for the American Bandmasters Association, Inter-Service Band in Washington, DC. That same year, Weaver premiered the Concertato for Tenor and Bass Trombone by noted composer Václav Nelhýbel . The work was dedicated to Weaver and his colleague bass trombonist Victor Johnson. Weaver has appeared as soloist with the Coast Guard Band on national tours, and on NPR's thirteen week series Greatest Bands In the Land. Weaver has also appeared on NBC’s Today Show, and on the Cable News Network (CNN). In 2007 Weaver performed with the Coast Guard Band Brass Quintet at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Weaver retired from the CG Band in the fall of 2008 after 28 years of service.

Weaver is currently second trombonist of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he freelances with many orchestras in New England including the New Haven and Hartford Symphony Orchestras, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic. He is a regular trombonist with the The Chorus of Westerly Festival Orchestra, and the Salt Marsh Opera Company. Weaver is also very active with TECSO, (Trombones of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra) performing trombone quartet recitals throughout Connecticut.


Weaver was a founding member of Hot Cross Brass, a large brass ensemble featured during the inaugural season of National Public Radio’s (NPR) popular program Performance Today. He is a former adjunct professor of trombone at the University of Rhode Island.