Mark grew up in Rockland...
With an insatiable passion, Mark played with everybody and anybody
he could, he was always looking for any opportunity to play...to learn.
"Everyone has something positive to offer. You can always find
something positive and unique about a person that makes them special."
"Pursuing your passion is what it's always been about for me
that path to wherever it leads
Later that year, Mark joined up with singer Rex Smith and co-wrote the two songs that landed Rex his first record deal with Columbia. One of the two songs ended up on his debut album Rex which was recorded and released in 1976.
Then in 1977, Mark was recruited to play in Derringer with Rick Derringer. Derringer toured the US and Canada 1977/78 as a headliner and opening act for Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Peter Frampton, Alice Cooper, Steve Miller, Foreigner, Heart, Kansas, Styx, J. Geils Band and The Cars. Mark also played guitar and sang background vocals on If I Weren't So Romantic I'd Shoot You, Blue Sky. "Rick is one of the best guitarists I have ever seen, there is so much more to Rick than meets the eye, he is excellent and deserves so much more recognition. I will always be grateful to Rick for the opportunity he afforded me, he is the consummate professional".
Then in 1979 Mark teamed up again with Rex Smith, this time appearing in the 1979 made for NBC-TV cult classic movie Sooner or Later Starring Rex, Denise Miller, Barbara Feldon, Judd Hirsch as the lead guitarist of the Sky Band. Mark also was the on set musical coordinator for the movie and also played guitar on the movie soundtrack album Sooner or Later which included the hit You Take My Breath Away. The record went gold.
In late 1979/80, Bruce & Carole Hart, Director/Producer team cast Mark and his band in an Emmy award winning NBC-TV series called Hot Hero Sandwich w/Producer Felix Pappalardi (of Mountain, Cream fame). Together with Felix they wrote, played and recorded the musical soundtrack for the TV series that aired on NBC in 1979/80. The band also performed on camera as the Hot Hero Band for each one of the shows episodes. Mark, during his tenure there also teamed up with Steven Stills recording and performing two songs for the show as well.
In 1980/81, Mark hooked up for a third time with Rex Smith for his
Forever Tour, headlining theaters and small concert halls touring
US & Canada. Mark also appears in the music videos filmed for
that record, the title track Forever and Tonight.
Also in 1981, Mark played with Ian Lloyd, (Louie, Louie) highlighted
by the Halloween Rock Jam two shows at the Roberto Clemente
Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico 10/31/81. (Blue Angel featuring
Cyndi Lauper, was the opening act for those shows. Mahogany Rush was
also on the ticket).
Then in 1983, wanting to be more true to his roots, Mark formed Cathedral with long time friend and vocalist Tommy Farese. Cathedral opened for Aerosmith's US east coast tour 1983/1984. As an unsigned act, Cathedral received a standing ovation & encore in the Worchester Centrum, Mass, Aerosmith's home state on New Years Eve 1984. Mark with long time friend and manager Paul O'Neill, recorded their debut LP Cathedral at the Record Plant in New York.
Then in 1985 Mark was asked to join Heaven an Australian heavy
metal band. Mark played guitar, sang backup vocals and wrote music
& lyrics for Knockin' On Heaven's Door Columbia. They then
toured the US & Canada for two years (1985-87) in support of that
record. (Mark was the guitarist who spin-flipped
his guitar over his shoulder while playing; seen for the
first time on video on Knockin' on Heaven's Door video which
was filmed in the Moab Desert, Utah 9/05/85). They continued touring
until the group disbanded in 1987. During this time, Mark was also
in the studio doing session work as well.
Then in the summer of 1988 Mark formed Holy Smoke, teaming up with vocalist Ric Anthony from Calgary Canada and drummer and former New Yorker Walter Garces. He moved to LA in August 1988 to record an EP and showcase this powerhouse for west coast record labels. After spending a small fortune and with finances running out, the group disbanded in May 1989 and Mark decided to leave the left coast and return to NYC, with the thought of hoping to one day release their record.
After returning to the Big Apple wiser yet no worse off for the wear,
Mark focused his energies in other areas and spent more time writing,
doing session work and producing.
Today, Mark continues to be a creative force in his collaborative efforts of writing, producing and playing with other artists and friends, engaging their talents in the mutual pursuit of what inspires them...