Mark is a freelance percussionist and educator based out of Lawrence, New Jersey. He holds a DMA Percussion Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mark is a frequent performer for the Princeton Sound Kitchen premiering new works by composers at Princeton. As a teacher he works with the percussion programs at Hunterdon Central and Hopewell Valley High School and maintains a private lesson studio in the Princeton area. Before moving to New Jersey, he worked at the University of Texas-Brownsville as a lecturer of percussion and prior to that appointment was a freelance performer and teacher in Chicago.
He has appeared as a soloist with the University of Texas-Brownsville Wind Orchestra, Roma High School Percussion Ensemble, University of Illinois Wind Symphony and Wind Orchestra as well as the Overton High School Wind Ensemble from Memphis, TN. In 2010, he was selected as one of the thirty finalists to compete in the TROMP International Percussion Competition, held in the Netherlands. Mark also performed as a member of the University of Illinois Gamelan Ensemble, at the 2009 Percussive Arts Society International Convention and the 2008 Bali Arts Festival in Denpasar, Bali.
Mark has over 20 years of involvement with Drum Corps International. He spent ten years as a member of the Phantom Regiment organization from 1995-2004. From 2008 to 2010, he was a Front Ensemble instructor for the Santa Clara Vanguard, serving as Co-Caption Head in 2010. He is excited to return for his fifth year with The Academy, where he started in 2013 instructing the front ensemble. He stepped into the arranging role for The Academy in 2014, and looks forward to serving as Percussion Arranger and Percussion Coordinator for 2017.
Mark is a member of the Vic Firth Education Team and is an artist with Majestic and Mapex.