Cmdr. Mark K. Corbliss, a native of Jersey City, New Jersey, enlisted in the Navy in 1990 as a French horn instrumentalist. Upon graduation from the School of Music Basic Course, he served as a Navy musician over a 12-year period, rising through the enlisted ranks to chief musician. He was commissioned as a Limited Duty Officer (Bandmaster) in October 2002.
His enlisted assignments included performing with Navy Band San Diego, Pacific Fleet Band, Navy Band Southwest, and Navy Band Mid-South.
As an officer, he served with the PERS-6 flag admin staff; Commander, Navy Recruiting Command as the Navy Music Program’s Music for Recruiting coordinator; and the School of Music and Navy Band Fleet Support Unit as both training support officer and training officer. He was the director of Navy Band Southwest from January 2009 to December 2011, Navy Band Southeast from January 2012 to July 2014, and U.S. Fleet Forces Band from August 2014 to May 2015; and executive officer of the Naval School of Music from June 2015 to March 2016 and of the United States Navy Band from April 2016 to September 2018.
Corbliss became the 19th commanding officer of the Naval School of Music on Sept. 27, 2018.
Corbliss received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Frostburg (Maryland) State College and served as a music educator in the Maryland and West Virginia secondary school systems from 1985 to 1990. His military decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (eight awards) and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards).