Q&A with Mark
Which musician would you like to play with?
Which musician has influenced you the most?
What can you teach me better on your instrument than any other teacher?
The Importance of Tone on the Drums
How did you learn to play your instrument?
Self Taught for 3 years, Mentored and Taught for 6
What equipment do you play on today?
Canopus Drums, Vic Firth Sticks, Dw Hardware, Zildjian Cymbals, Craig Lauritsen Cymbals
Which personal trait helped you the most while practicing?
Curiosity or Determination
What does your instrument have that others don't?
The deepest connection to the human anatomy, your heart beats in rhythm.
How do you handle children?
Extremely Well, I am very patient. I Love to find new ways to explain and teach concepts in the most clear and concise way possible. And I also strive to give children the mentored experience I wish I would have received at their age .
What has been your greatest experience as a musician so far?
Playing with John Daversa, that man lives and breathes musicality.
What was the biggest stage you played on?
Walt Disney Concert Hall or The 62nd Annual Monterrey Jazz Festival.
Which record would you take with you to the desert island?
Bill Evans - The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings
Besides music, what else is important in your life?
RockFunkFusionJazzLatin JazzAfro CubanContemporary
Level(s) Comfortable Teaching
Beginner to Advanced/Professional
What languages can you teach in?
Bands, Projects, Notable Performances, Collaborations
The Painted Birds\ Strictly Trio\ JSQ!
Other Music-related work / goals
Touring places such as Europe, Japan, and Australia are priorities in terms of my music related goals.
National YoungArts Foundation Award Winner in Jazz Percussion 2018\ Music Center Spotlight Semi-Finalist 2017, 2018
Barbering, Video Games, Production