Mark's unique edge comes from growing up in a "bluegrass" family with classical training in trumpet, piano and guitar. Technique, musicality and expression pervade his entire arsenal of instruments and music. From his beginning piano lessons at age five to receiving his B.M. in trumpet and piano at Ohio Wesleyan University, Mark continued to push his musical limits by earning his Masters and Doctorate Degrees in trumpet performance at The Ohio State University. The result of this musical immersion is that Mark is equally at home at a front porch jam session or playing a dulcimer concerto with a symphony orchestra.
Mark's classical training has earned him the ear of such notables as President George Bush Sr., Ross Perot and the U.S. Secretary of Defense, William S. Cohen. In his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, Mark has a full studio of students of all levels, from rank beginners to published professionals. His students continually place in national and regional contests. Mark has personally released 6 CDs and has published 3 successful dulcimer books. (See Mark's catalog for more.)
Currently, Mark is an Assistant Professor of Music at Denison University where he teaches trumpet, hammered dulcimer, music theory and directs the wind ensemble. Mark and his wife Cristina live in New Albany, OH and are excitedly expecting their first baby in September this year! You can "Friend" him on Facebook.com.