An alumni of Western Michigan University’s school of music, awarded the Janson’s Jazz musician’s scholarship and a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, awarded the Professional Music and Avedis Zildjian scholarship, Mark has been involved in many different music genre’s.
His first large scale tour happened in 1985 for Howard Jones’s North American tour. He has gone on to perform with many acts and artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Gordon Lightfoot, Looking Glass, Earl Klugh, Mitch Ryder, K.C. & the Sunshine Band, Tony Orlando, Justine Blazer, Jon Secada, Concord recording artist, jazz Pianist Helen Sung and Chicago renowned Jazz Saxophonist Ari Brown.
Mark has used his versatile style in recording with David Foster, Island Recording Artist Jude Cole, George Clinton, Oleta Adams, Brea Starr, Justine Blazer, What It Is, Angela Engelman, Johnny Lang, Mandi Layne & the Lost Highway, KayLyn Pace and Kari Holmes among others. He also performs on many commercials for radio and T.V. and has worked in show orchestra’s for productions with the Cleveland Institute of Music orchestra, the Mid Michigan Orchestra, Annie, Damned Yankee’s and West Side Story.
Mark is also an in demand drummer locally in his home state of Michigan. He has worked extensively in the Metro Detroit area with acts and artists ranging from Country to Hip Hop. Some of the acts he’s worked with are: Dixie Crossroad, Nick Strange & the Bare Naked, The Chance, Doctor Pocket, his own fusion Jazz group Other Peoples Children, Bugs Beddow, Allen as Tim (Tim McGraw Tribute act), Kentucky Strait, Tower of Soul, the Prime Eights, Derringer; house band at the DIAMONDBACK , the VC TRIO , Vinyl Underground, Mandi Layne & the Lost Highway, Leroy Clay Band, Laith Al-Saddi, Sonic Freeway , the AAMC Faculty Jazz ensemble, Ken Merritt and the Blue Katz and Shot guns & Violins. Currently he is with the Tony Viviano Quartet .
Whether it’s in the studio, on the stage or teaching, Mark brings passion, creativity and energy.