Mark is originally from Winnipeg. At a young age, he started playing with local Winnipeg artists Ron Paley, Walle Larsson, Larry Roy and Angela Kelman as well as the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for several years. He also had the opportunity to perform with touring acts, The Mama’s and Papa’s, Herman’s Hermits and Rosemary Clooney when they performed in Winnipeg. Mark’s composition career also started in Winnipeg as he was commissioned by the CBC to write and record several pieces for a Jazz Radio series. Additionally, several of Mark’s compositions where also featured with two of his bands performing on local CKND TV in Winnipeg.
As a side note, Mark briefly attended Humber College in Toronto where he met fellow endorser and friend Mark Kelso.
After many years in Winnipeg, Mark had an opportunity to move to Los Angeles where shortly afterwards he started working with Pop Superstar Barry Manilow. He toured with Barry for 11 years which included multiple tours of over 1,100 shows in Arena’s and Amphitheaters in 14 countries around the world. They also performed dozens of times on all of the major Network talk shows such as The Tonight Show, Today Show, Good Morning America, A&E’s Live By Request, Arsenio Hall, Entertainment Tonight etc. as well as the 25th Anniversary of Arista Records.
Additionally, among many performances for very notable high profile local Hollywood Celebrity events during Mark’s time with Barry, they also performed for President Bill Clinton’s Inauguration on CBS and multiple Royal Variety shows for Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family of England for the BBC.
In addition to work with Barry, Mark also toured with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Music of The Night Broadway show and also music directed and played drums for Kimberley Locke from American Idol. Mark also wrote all the music, recorded and performed in LA with his own horn section band called ‘The Screaming Tigers’ which featured several ‘A’ list LA horn players. He also played drums and orchestral percussion for two separate runs in LA and Atlanta with Barry Manilow’s & Bruce Sussman’s Broadway show called ‘Harmony’.
Mark also recorded drums and performed with a wide variety of shows in LA including many gigs for Disney as well as being hired by noted composer Emilio Kauderer to contract the musician’s and to play drums on a Lion’s Gate film soundtrack for a Robert Downey Jr. movie called ‘Friends and Lovers”.
With guidance from his very intuitive wife Robbin, in the early 2000’s Mark quickly transitioned into becoming a full time composer. Since that time, he has written the scores for over 120 games as an ‘in house’ lead composer for IGT which is a large International gaming company. In addition to the on-going gaming work, he continuously writes for a several TV music licensing companies and has to date, contributed literally hundreds of compositions to a variety of Network and Cable TV shows on the History Channel, Discovery, A&E, NBC, CBS, ABC, BBC, CBC. Mark was also part of an Emmy Award Winning team of composers writing for the daytime Drama ‘The Guiding Light’.
Mark has been using Head Hunters Drum Sticks since before they were Head Hunters, his favorite model is the Maple AAA!