Mark was born and raised in Wayne, New Jersey (please don't ask "which exit?"). He attended Manhattanville College as a music major, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree. He spent a summer in Fullerton, CA, participating in a special program for young musicians at Disneyland. Mark also spent a summer abroad in Fountainbleau, France, where he attended the prestigious Ecoles d'Art Americaines.
Mark did graduate work in Composition and Choral Conducting at the College Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati, where he resided before moving to Nashville. He is active in the Nashville community as a church musician, composer/arranger, recording studio owner, music director for theatre, and tomato farmer.