(Skip to 5th grade)
Mark started playing saxomophone in 5th grade and quickly got excited about music in general. His earliest influence was Boots Randolph. Yup, the Yakety Sax man himself.
He studied sax all through middle school and high school and got his first gig playing in a wedding band called Shining Star.
After High School, Mark attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and several (I mean several!) years later and several (I really mean several here) dollars shorter Mark left U of M with a degree in Computer Science. After a few years in the real world, he went back to school to get a Masters in Computer Science from Lawrence Tech.
Back at UofM, in his second junior year…Mark picked up a Mexican made Strat. He (also I) couldn’t put it down.
Much more happened since then, but to make a long story short, he fell in love with a girl, married, had a couple kids, bought a couple homes, built a recording studio, took a breath, and here we are…
Now Mark is playing in a couple bands, managing a recording studio, writing tunes, practicing, playing at 2|42 Church the 3rd fastest growing church in the US, serving as President of a non-profit company RobotTown, performing duties as the Director of Project Management for the University of Michigan Medical School MSIS, and being a loving father and husband. (In case my wife reads this…)
Mark loves fusion, progressive rock, jazz, and of course blues…My…I mean his favorite players are John Petrucci, Marco Sfogli, Andy Timmons, Steve Morse, Mike Keneally, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Frank Gambale, Scott Henderson, Pat Metheny, John Schofield, Mike Stern, Greg Howe, and my absolute favorite musician of all time….Frank Zappa. I know I left out a hundred of my favs, but heck…
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