Mark began studying the trumpet at the age of six, encouraged by his parents (themselves both successful trumpet players). Mark spent his school years playing in local brass bands, orchestras, big bands and soul bands. In 1996 he was awarded the prestigious White Cliffs Arts Award for Outstanding Student of the Arts by the Local council.
In 1997 Mark joined the Royal Marines Band Service where his outstanding ability was quickly recognized. For the next three years, Mark studied intensively at the Royal Marines School of Music; here he was given the enviable opportunity to hone his big band skills with the world famous trombone player and band leader, Don Lusher. In 1999 Mark left the Royal Marines School of Music with the bronze medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians and was also awarded The Parker Cup for best brass player under Training. His career with the Marines has seen him play at numerous high profile events in the UK and around the globe.