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 RemlerJoel Hoekstra, Big Brother & The Holding Company, The Drifters, The Marvelettes and many others, and he’s recorded with bands on A&M and Arista.

photo: Andrea Fischman Photography

photo: Andrea Fischman Photography

A very versatile drummer, Mark has played hard 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’s first drum teacher was Charlie Davidman, who played in NYC’s famed Street Punk in the ’70s. Currently, Mark is studying with monster drummer and educator Dave DiCenso (Duran Duran, Josh Groban, Cro-Mags).

On the local NY scene, Mark played and recorded frequently with MANCIE, who VICE magazine called “One of Brooklyn’s best Unknown Bands,” as well as a variety of other NY based bands and artists including Evan Stanley’s rock band The Dives (yes, Evan is the son of Paul Stanley), blues guitarist Dave Fields, hard rockers Electric Black Horse and The Situationist International (TSI), prog guitar wizard Rob Sbar, Bruce Henderson’s High Plains Drifters (featuring GE Smith and Andy York), Hearts and Minds (A&M Records), The Rocket Queens and many others.

At home in the recording studio, Mark has played drums on a number of albums and EPs produced by Felix McTeigue, a Grammy nominated song writer and record producer. According to Felix, he hires Mark for recording sessions because “he learns song fast, can play pretty much any style and has a seriously fat groove.”

Mark has been a proud endorser of Vic Firth Sticks since 1989.

Since 2016, Mark has been drumming in and leading a new project called LEVEL5. An instrumental fusion/jamband, LEVEL5’s creation was inspired by Jeff Beck’s albums “Wired” and “Blow by Blow,” and is a modern take on progressive instrumental music. LEVEL5’s debut release, “The Sybil EP,” is Mark’s first effort as a producer and will be released in 2018. The EP features a stellar line-up of musicians: Oz Noy on guitar, Will Lee on bass, Adam Klipple on keys and Mark Feldman on drums.