Mark guitarist/bassist/mandolinist started at the age of 12 on guitar, inspired by the classic sounds of Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. Getting his start taking lessons briefly from a handful of local musicians, Mark is almost entirely self-taught and attributes his skills to collaborating and learning from the musicians he meets along the road and an unquenchable desire to experiment with new styles, techniques and sounds.
His first venture on the music scene was the duo Acoustic Local where Mark played guitar and drums. In high school Mark joined the Broughton High School marching band drumline where he learned the importance of a strong rhythmic backbone. Introduced to many new musicians Mark then transitioned to bass guitar in the Jam-Rock band Simple Harmonic Motion performing songs by the Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Phish and James Gang, learning the craft of improvisation and songwriting. Mark also discovered his love for folk music at this time with SHM’s side project The Loungeabouts playing bluegrass and old time at coffee shops and cafes.
In high demand as a bass player mark began playing with several other groups, in college, such as Ascella Vega (later Sign of The Rhino) playing high energy covers from Led Zeppelin, The Killers and The Black Crowes. Mark wrote several of these bands songs on their EPs. With the group Pseudo Blue Mark explored the festival circuit.
Today Mark’s main gig is with Indy Rock group Nuclear Honey playing many of Raleigh’s premiere venues and events. He can also be seen moonlighting with the funk group Strange Lady, singer/songwriter act The Arcane Heart, and playing mandolin in the Oak City Hot Club. Over the years Mark has shared the stage with such acts as American Aquarium, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Moon Taxi, and Bill Kreutzman of the Grateful Dead.
Mark looks forward to his new role as educator at Rock ‘n’ Roll High School and cannot wait to share his experience and expertise with enthusiastic young musicians. He is excited to bring new programs and variety to the Rock ‘n’ Roll High School experience.