Mark Mefford is a veteran drummer from Indiana with over 28 years of experience. Playing actively since 1986, he has recorded music and performed live too many times to count at recording studios and live venues around the nation.
Mark became interested in playing drums while growing up in the late 70's and 80's, listening to the radio and watching MTV. He obtained his first drum set during the summer of 1986 and quickly turned his musical ideas into reality as he played drums in his first band in Bloomington, Indiana that year.
In 1987, after graduating from high school in St. John, Indiana, he jumped on the first plane to Hollywood and attended Musician's Institute, Percussion Institute of Technology, for about two years. He recorded for the first time and played live on the Sunset Strip at The Troubadour, The Whiskey and other nearby clubs during the glory days of the LA metal scene with several metal bands.
Mark moved back to Indiana in 1989 and played the Chicagoland area for one year with a band called Circus Circus, whose reputation for shock rock was widely known. In 1991, he moved to Omaha, Nebraska to record original music with his brother Aaron. They played in several bands together there and recorded music for two independent labels from '91 through '98. They also opened up for 311 at The Ranch Bowl soon after they released their first album on a major label. During the early 90's, Mark also played with an original band called Chop Suey and opened up for Badlands and Nickleback at the Ranch Bowl.
In 2003, Mark began playing in cover bands for the first time in the Omaha area. After several rock cover bands, he tried a modern country band called Shaky Ground and found the country scene to be very enjoyable. That band split up after about a year and a half, but it was a great experience and Mark learned to appreciate modern country music for the first time. After Shaky Ground, Mark played drums for two other country bands in Indiana from 2008-2011.
In 2006, Mark went to the Sundance Music Festival in Park City, Utah and joined some friends at the Gibson Guitar exhibit where they performed live with many Hollywood stars and Grammy winning musicians for 5 days. That was a blast!
In 2007, he moved to Indianapolis, Indiana and played with many bands in the Indy music scene. He ended up spending a year with a great local rock cover band called Through Being Cool. That band did very well during the year he was with them in 2010/2011, but Mark decided to move back to Omaha due to his family and business.
Arriving back in the Omaha area in early 2011, Mark joined Grand Theft Girlfriend, one of the most notorius bands in the Omaha region. His old friends, Jason and Darren Hopkins sang and fronted the band that played classic and more modern hard rock and heavy metal. With GTG, Mark played clubs and festivals from June 2011 through August 2012. It was a great run, but Mark was offered a new opportunity in June of 2012.
Starting in July of 2012, Mark begin playing drums for Cactus Hill, a pillar of the country music scene in Lincoln, Omaha and all of eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa. Mark was in the band for only two months before more offers began coming in. On August 29th, Mark left CH for much greener pastures.
Mark played his first show with up and coming country artist, Jason Earl on October 6th, 2012 in Lincoln, NE. The Jason Earl Band plays a mix of cover and original material and the band is smokin'!! Jason Earl has begun taking the Omaha/Lincoln country scene by storm and is already opening for national acts like Dustin Lynch and Randy Houser. The summer of 2013 was very busy for Mark and the Jason Earl Band! They are now looking forward to an amazing 2014 season and plan to record an album.
All good things come to an end. After more than 2 years with JEB, Mark will now be on a brand new adventure in 2015!
The music on this profile is original music that Mark has recorded over recent years with friends in Omaha, Nebraska. I hope you enjoy it!
If you are in need of a drummer, please don't hesitate to send Mark a message and he'll be happy to speak with you. Thanks for checking out his profile on Bandmix!
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- Member since:
- Jan 10 2008
- Active over 1 month ago
- Level of commitment:
- Very Committed
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- Over 100
- Tend to practice:
- 1 time per week
- Available to gig:
- 2-3 nights a week
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I own a beautiful, ash wood, orange lacquer finished, 5-piece, Crush Drum kit mounted on DW hardware with Paiste, Zildjian and Sabian cymbals. I also have mics for the kit and in-ear monitors.