A NYC based drummer, Mark first gained notoriety as one of the winners of Modern Drummer Magazine’s very first drum solo contest–judged by Neil Peart. In the pages of MD, Neil wrote that Mark’s playing was “technically and rhythmically quite sophisticated.” Several other A-list drummers–Kenny Aronoff, Simon Phillips and John Riley–have had kind words to say about Mark’s drumming and you can read their words here.
Mark has made music with Alison Krauss, Oz Noy, GE Smith, Marshall Crenshaw, Curtis Stigers, Emily Remler, Big Brother & The Holding Company, The Drifters, The Marvelettes and many others, and he’s recorded with bands on A&M and Arista.
A very versatile drummer, Mark has played rock, pop, jazz (he led his own jazz trio, The MF3, from 2010 to 2012), fusion, and everything in between.
On one of his first recording sessions, he shared drumming duties with Kenny Aronoff, who would later recommend Mark for several gigs.
Mark has studied extensively with famed jazz drummer, educator and author John Riley, who himself was a student of master drummer Joe Morello. Earlier, Mark studied with Hank Jaramillo (the long time drummer on Broadway’s “A Chorus Line”) and Rick Considine at Drummer’s Collective.
Mark played and recorded frequently with MANCIE, who VICE magazine called “One of Brooklyn’s best Unknown Bands,” as well as a variety of NY based bands including Electric Black Horse, The Rocket Queens and others.
Mark has been a proud endorser of Vic Firth Sticks since 1989.
Mark is launching a new project called “LEVEL5.” This new band is inspired by albums like Jeff Beck’s “Wired” and “Blow by Blow,” and will be a modern take on progressive instrumental music–and although chops will be involved, there will be an emphasis on groove rather than complexity.