Mark was born in France and moved to the Bay Area when he was four years old. With a dad from the tiny Caribbean island of Martinique and a mom from Hungary, Mark grew up with several languages and cultures whizzing around the house.
Mark began tutoring classmates at Carlmont High School in Belmont. He found joy and fulfillment in helping his friends gain confidence in calculus and chemistry. After graduating, Mark traveled east to embark on a new adventure at Yale. For his first two years, Mark considered majors in physics, music, and psychology before pursuing a degree of Humanities with a focus in music and literature. Outside of class, he taught trombone lessons to a middle school student in New Haven and co-led a local high school a cappella group, the Spizzwinks, with whom he traveled the world (all six inhabited continents!). He experienced firsthand the power of music to unite people from all walks of life. After four years of soul and academic searching, forging lifelong friendships, and never quite fully adjusting to the winters, Mark graduated in 2015.
He returned to the Bay and for the next two years, worked full time as Major Gifts and Research Coordinator in the SFJAZZ fundraising department, a non-profit that presents world class musicians in concerts and education programs throughout the Bay Area. Outside of SFJAZZ, he was busy creating and advancing a funk/rock band called More Fatter, in which he plays trombone, keyboards, and sings.
In the summer of 2017, Mark decided to prioritize his calling as a musician and educator. Mark is thrilled to be joining the ESM family and can’t wait to help students grow academically, search for their inner voices, and pursue their dreams. Outside of working as a mentor, Mark plans to spend most of his waking hours creating, practicing, and performing with More Fatter. He will also be teaching at a non-profit in San Rafael called Enriching Lives through Music, which seeks to inspire youth from under-served neighborhoods to thrive emotionally, socially and academically through music education, performance, and engagement.