Mark has been a professional musician (in the work force), since the age of 12. Raised in Santa Fe, NM, he had the opportunity to play a wide variety of musical styles. Older musicians took Mark under their wings and brought him up in the old school tradition (sink or swim). At 17 he left Santa Fe for a road gig, finishing high school through a correspondence course. When that tour ended he moved to Dallas, TX working the club circuit, then moved to Boston, where he attended the BERKLEE SCHOOL OF MUSIC for two years. Next, job opportunities brought Mark to Los Angeles where he worked as a free-lance session/club musician while attending the L.A. JAZZ WORK SHOP. While in Southern California Mark joined the UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND of THE GOLDEN WEST.
After four years of touring with the Air Force Band, Sony/Epic recording artist, OTTMAR LIEBERT hired Mark as a percussionist. Mark stayed with that band for nine years, recording and touring the world. During this same time period, Club de Musique recording artist JONO MANSON and members of BLUES TRAVELER formed a band called HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER, taking Mark as the Drummer. This group toured the states promoting their A&M release “ALMOST HOME”. THE JONO MANSON BAND also toured with Blues Traveler as a regular act on THE HORDE TOUR, plus had featured songs in the movies The Postman, Eight Days a Week & King Pin.
Most recently, Mark can be heard on the debut of John Popper & The Duskray Troubadours cd, a new EP with Crystal Bowersox (American Idol), CAT STEVENS (YUSUF ISLAM) cd “The Road Singer.” This monumental recording features a duet with PAUL McCARTNEY called “Boots and Sand” plus duets with CHRIS ISAAKS and MICHELLE BRANCH.
Back in Santa Fe New Mexico, Mark is the drummer with R&B sensation HILLARY SMITH, the latin rock group MANZANARES, Jimmy Stadler and continues to record and tour with JONO MANSON. Mark is the primary DRUM-SET INSTRUCTOR at The Santa Fe University of Art & Design. Mark also is a GUEST CLINICIAN/ENDORSER for THE ZILDJIAN CYMBAL CO./VIC FIRTH DRUM STICKS/AQUARIAN DRUM HEADS, and THE LP MUSIC GROUP (LATIN PERCUSSION).
Mark has recorded or performed with: The United States Air Force Band of The Golden West, CAT STEVENS (YUSUF ISLAM), JAMES TAYLOR/BEN TAYLOR, BO-DIDDLEY, KIP WINGER, BOB WIER (from the Grateful Dead), NOEL REDDING (from the Jimi Hendrix Experience), TAJ MAHAL, WARREN HAYNES, (from the Allman Bros/Government Mule). Blues Traveler members; JOHN POPPER, BOBBY SHEHAN, CHAN KINCHLA. ERIC SHENKMAN (from The Spin Doctors), JONO MANSON, OTTMAR LIEBERT, DAN FOGELBERG, KENNY PASSARELLI, (from Elton John’s band), HANNI NASIR, THE SEAN HEALAN BAND and many others.