Mark Started fiddling with the guitar at the age of 12. I say fiddling because he didn’t really take it serious for the first couple of years with the “I can’t do this” attitude. It wasn’t until he was at the age of 16 when he decided to attend Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University to take a harder look at the study of classical guitar.
At the age of 18 he studied with Jazz Master Larry Woodbridge.
During the study of Jazz he received a 2 year music grant at the age of 19 & attended Catonsville Community College where he continued his study of the Classical Guitar, & also new studies of Classical Piano, Classical Violin, 17th -19th Century Theory & Opera voice.
His early influences were Mark Farner, Ritchie Blackmore, Jeff beck, Steve Lukather.
He taught all styles of music for guitar, Keyboards & Bass for 19 years. During these events, it didn’t take long for his early influences to change to Al Dimeola, John McLaughlin, John Scofield, Frank Gambale, & later became more fascinated with the atonal improvisation of the likes of Chic Corea, John Coltrane & all time favorite, Allan Holdsworth.
He is currently developing a more melodic & modern approach to Playing 21st Century guitar. He is also currently writing & recording in hopes of a unique but yet seemingly familiar direction of musical pieces.
A few Favorite Bands consist of: Symphony X, Circus Maximus, Planet X, Extreme, U.K, Paganini & Bach to name but a few.
Here is also a small piece written in 1999 for the web that starts out with a Joe Pass intro then leads into a rock fusion guitar improve. [nebula 7.mp3]: I hope you enjoy!