Keyboard player, will perform at wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, wedding reception dinners, wedding rehearsal dinners, bridal shows, private parties, corporate events. Will play classical and wedding appropriate music for wedding functions, will perform soft pop music, jazz, and old standards for dinners and parties. Ceremonies can be performed on client's church's organ OR I can bring my own synthesizers. Will perform with soloists at ceremonies. All other functions will be performed on synth's and my own amplification/PA equipment, or can work with venue's sound system as needed. Can perform at clubs, festivals, private functions.
Mark started off on a musical journey by starting to play the organ when he was 5. His mom had a Hammond M-100, his paternal grandmother had a Hammond M3, his maternal grandfather had a Hammond B-3, his uncle had a Hammond L-100, and his aunt had a Hammond Chord organ. He got to play most of them whenever family get-togethers happened at any relatives' homes.
Supposedly, Mark had a few cousins that actually worked at the Hammond Organ company long ago during the early 20th century as well (according to an aunt).
Mark's mom, Floretta, played the organ at Zion Lutheran Church, near Edgington, Illinois, as well as his grandfather, Lorraine Bonnen.
After a few years of banging away at the books and practicing off many songbooks that his mom had (as well as most of the other relatives' books as well), he was able to play well enough to play a few times during church services when his Mom was the organist.
In the early 1980's, Mark played the organ at the weddings for relatives and friends.
In the late 1980's Mark started using more synthesizers and in 1994, started Mark's Custom Music after attending a local wedding in Clarksville, Tennessee, where he and his lovely wife, Jd, were living at the time. The wedding service was nice and elaborate and decorative, however, the music for the service was from a cheap boom-box playing a cassette tape. How awful. Mark figured he could provide at least good quality live music, OR he could also hire out himself as an organist for local services. But he discovered that in several of the local churches in that part of Tennessee, only the resident organists of the church were allowed to play the organ in that church. He got around that by offering to bring his own equipment and keyboards in and soon Mark was playing weddings all around town, including the chapels at Fort Campbell, Kentucky Armed Services base. One of the bigger venues Mark has played in Tennessee was the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.
Mark expanded his services to cover receptions as well, mostly playing background or "dinner music" for more formal receptions, mostly in competition with local harpists and string quartets, that kind of thing.
The "custom music" part of the business is that Mark, using synthesizers and recording equipment, could perform most at most weddings sounding like almost anything the bride and groom wanted, including standard church organ, full orchestra, or in the case of the Opryland Hotel wedding, a brass band.
In 2010, Mark resumed his musical adventures by joining Paragon, an Adrian, Michigan-based classic rock band, and in 2012, joined his brother-in-law's classic rock and originals band, Mercury7. Mark plays synths and keytars in both bands and has been doing local touring to promote Mercury7's album, "The Time Is Now", featured on SiriusXM and on The Mitch Albom radio show in Detroit. Paragon is the featured band for the southern Michigan contests for the national country music competition, CountryShowdown.com.
In 2015, Mark has resumed his solo music business for events, parties, and receptions, and still continues to perform with classic rock bands Paragon, Mercury7 and the funk/soul band 3614.
Past Booked Events
|October 06, 2018 • 10:00am - 1:00pm||Nonprofit Event|
|August 11, 2018 • 3:30pm - 5:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|