Casbah Club member:
Mark was born in Langley, England in 1957. His early bands included New York City Public Library (the three Brzezicki brothers "house" band) Silver Stream (with John Land), Flying Brzezicki Brothers (Mark and Steve) and Rhythm For Hire (session duo with Tony Butler) 1980.
Mark played on all Pete Townshend's solo albums Empty Glass and All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes (and later White City). Then came Big Country's big break supporting The Jam at Wembley Arena for five nights, followed by the hugely successful Crossing and Steeltown albums. He continued to play with Big Country and appears on all the albums, apart from Buffalo Skinners.
Mark played on the legendary Cult album Love and appeared in the video for She Sells Sanctuary.
Mark has also appeared on albums by Simon Townshend, Frida, Midge Ure, Roger Daltrey, Joan Armatrading, Nik Kershaw, Whitesnake, Howard Jones, Rick Astley and Procol Harum! Phil Collins even had Mark play along side him at the Wembley Stadium Nelson Mandela show.
Mark was The Prince’s Trust house drummer for seven years, playing alongside such great as Lionel Ritchie, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Elton John, to name only a few. He did a lot of live shows with Leo Sayer in the 1990’s, and appeared on Children in Need Live for two years in a row.
Mark has won many awards throughout his illustrious career, including Zildjian Musician Poll Best Rock/Pop Mainstream Drummer UK 1988, 1989 and 1990. In 1984 he was given a Prince’s Trust Award for Services to the Prince’s Trust, was Rolling Stone magazine’s Face of the Year, and was voted Best Up and Coming Drummer by Rhythm Magazine in 2003/4.
He formed Casbah Club in 2004 with his old Big Country colleague Bruce Watson. He continues to play with Procol Harum, and has toured all over the world with them, including playing inside the Kremlin.
Most people who know him well would agree that he has a minor obsession with classic American cars, and a collection of jokes that is second to none.