Born in Reading, United Kingdom, Mark started drumming at the age of 4 then took up private lessons through the Berkshire Music service from 7 years old. At the same time as also taking piano and recorder lessons, drumming quickly turned into a deep rooted passion for Mark. His parents also surrounded him with all the genres a young motivated drummer needs; from Phil Collins, Jamiroquai and Deep Purple, to Yes, Weather Report and Dave Brubeck.
Classically trained in orchestral percussion from a young age and involved in Brass & Wind bands as well as the Berkshire Young Percussion Ensemble led by Andy Leask, Mark took part in fantastic opportunities at the Royal Albert Hall (as part of the Music for Youth Proms final), Reading Hexagon and Basingstoke Anvil.
At 13 Mark formed his first band and had his first experience of a recording studio, recording two EPs with the group.
As a teenager Mark had lessons in Jazz and Swing through Andy Leask, who introduced Mark to an array of fresh musicians and techniques.
Mark is best notably known for drumming with The Arusha Accord. With multiple releases on Basick Records, the band has toured extensively throughout the UK and across Europe, having gained fans worldwide with their virtuosic and extremely technical sound.
Mark was able to stretch his potential even further by graduating in 2015 with a 2:1 BA (Hons) in Music from Oxford Brookes University, where his gift to move between genres fluently with different projects and musicians was strengthened and used to its best ability. Among these were the musical theatre productions of RENT, Spring Awakening, Footloose and Rock of Ages.
His entire musical past has helped shape Mark into the player he is today: A hugely driven musician who has acquired an arsenal of experience in all areas of drumming as an independent musician. Mark’s encounters within the industry have culminated in making sure that drumming has, and always will be an exciting and ambitious career for him.
The equipment Mark uses varies on the style of work, but will be a selection from the following:
Drum Workshop Collectors Series in Burnt Toast Burst Satin Oil Finish:
With an easy going personality, wide flexibility and super tight feel and groove, Mark has been the first choice for many aspiring singer-songwriters, bands, and musical directors throughout his career. Having the balance of being an extremely approachable colleague but also a perfectionist at his craft whilst staying relaxed, makes him a unique session artist in whatever environment he is placed.
Mark is fully conversant with metronome recording and prides himself on keeping a consistently tight but open feel to his playing. His ear for the groove and what suits the recording is only matched by his determination to deliver the best for whatever project he is working on.
Marks live performance opportunities have taken him up and down the UK & across Europe, playing at festivals such as Isle of Wight, Wireless, Edinburgh Fringe, NASS, Brutal Assault, Tech-Fest, Henley and Indietracks.
Marks ethos for teaching stems from creating a solid framework to firstly build strict technique, a musical ear and a strong inner sense of pulse. Lessons are tailored to each pupils needs and aspirations. For those wishing to study drum kit grades, all exam boards are welcomed including Rockschool, Trinity Rock & Pop, and Trinity College.
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