Thanks for checking out my profile on Bandmix! I am a veteran drummer originally from NW Indiana (Chicago Land) with over 29 years of experience. Playing actively since 1986, I have recorded music and performed live far too many times to count at recording studios and live venues around the nation.
I became interested in playing drums while growing up in the 70's and 80's, listening to the radio and watching MTV. I obtained my first drum set during the summer of 1986 and quickly turned my musical ideas into reality as I played drums in my first band in Bloomington, Indiana that year.
In 1987, after graduating from high school in St. John, Indiana, I jumped on the first plane to Hollywood and attended Musician's Institute, Percussion Institute of Technology, for about two years. I 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 hair band scene with several metal bands.
I moved back to Indiana in 1989 and played the Chicago Land area for one year with a band called Circus Circus, whose reputation for shock rock was widely known. In 1991, I moved to Omaha, Nebraska to record original music with my brother Aaron. We played in several bands together there and recorded music for two independent labels from '91 through '98. We 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, I also played with an original band called Chop Suey and opened up for Badlands and Nickleback at the Ranch Bowl in Omaha.
In 2003, I began playing in cover bands for the first time in the Omaha area. After several rock cover bands, I 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 I learned to appreciate modern country music for the first time. After Shaky Ground, I played drums for two other country bands in Indiana from 2008-2011.
In early 2007, I went to the Sundance Music Festival in Park City, Utah and joined some friends at the Gibson Guitar exhibit where we performed live with many Hollywood stars and Grammy winning musicians for 5 days. That was a blast!
In late 2007, I moved to Indianapolis, Indiana and played with many bands in the Indy music scene. I ended up spending a year with a great local rock cover band called Through Being Cool. That band did very well during the year I was with them in 2010/2011, but I decided to move back to Omaha due to my family and business needs.
Arriving back in the Omaha area in early 2011, I joined Grand Theft Girlfriend, one of the most notorius bands in the Omaha region. My old friends, Jason and Darren Hopkins fronted the band that played classic and more modern hard rock and heavy metal. With GTG, I played clubs and festivals from June 2011 through August 2012. It was a great run, but I was offered a new opportunity in June of 2012.
In March of 2012, I began attending Redeemer Church in Omaha with my wife and I soon became one of the regular drummers in rotation there playing contemporary Christian music. I still play drums at Redeemer and I have also played drums occasionally at Flatland and StoneBridge churches in the Omaha area.
Starting in July of 2012, I began playing drums for Cactus Hill, a pillar of the country music scene in Lincoln, Omaha and all of eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa. I was in the band for only two months before more interesting offers began coming in.
I played my first show with up and coming country artist, Jason McGhay (Earl) on October 6th, 2012 in Lincoln, NE. The Jason Earl Band played a mix of cover and original material and the band was really good! The band began taking the Omaha/Lincoln country scene by storm and was already opening for national acts like Dustin Lynch and Randy Houser in late 2012 and early 2013. After two and a half years with JEB, I left to try new things and played my final show with JEB on New Years Eve - December 2014.
On March 20th, 2015, I played my first show with a great new country band called Outlaw Road. I will play my last show with them on June 5th, 2015. These guys are great, but I have decided to move back into rock-n-roll. The Riptide Refugees and Element Variety Band are two bands I have begun to work with recently and I hope to play more with these two fun bands into the future.
The music on this profile is original music that Mark has recorded over recent years with friends in Omaha, Nebraska. I hope you enjoy these songs!
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 within 2 weeks
- 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
- Most available:
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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.