After Mark saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan in 1964, it was all over.  He was nine and suddenly discovered he had a heart for rock-and-roll.  Mark got a cheap snare drum from Sears, then a Ludwig snare, and added a drum here, a cymbal there, until he had a five-piece gold sparkle set of Ludwigs with Zildjian cymbals.  Life was good.

He learned to play by listening to vinyl albums on the stereo’s full volume (his mom is a saint). Ringo Starr, Ginger Baker, Mitch Mitchell, Nigel Olsson and John Bonham were Mark’s heroes.  Growing up, Mark played in church and eventually became a member of a few bands in high school and college including Hummingbird) until 1974.

In 2000, Hal asked Mark to sit in at a practice and he joined the Chryslers later that year. Since Bob’s death in 2001, Mark has seen the band dramatically transform musically, philosophically and numerically.  He credits the band with expanding his tastes, although his heart is still in rock-n-roll.

When Mark’s not playing with The Midlife Chryslers, he teaches art and art history at Rocky Mountain College.  During the summer months, he and his wife Rhett work for the Forest Service, living in a lookout tower in the wilderness.