Mark Verbeck - Performer, Teacher, Recording Artist, Writer

About: Starting at the wee age of 8, Mark first discovered his love for performing and listening to music while attending a school presentation that was trying to influence kids to join the school band.  He was one of the many that where inspired to try playing music.  He started playing Saxophone and learned the fundamentals of music until he was 12, at which point he turned his eye to the guitar. 

  He began by taking lessons from local teachers until he finally enrolled into local music academy and studied under a man named Richard Wiley, who helped him open up some of the many doors the guitar holds.  He then moved on from his friends basements and started playing with local bands around town, performing anywhere from local bars and clubs, to private events and parties, trying to gain as much live experience as he could.  
After graduating high school he then attended the Indiana University of Pennsylvania as a music performance major.  He studied classical guitar under Irving Kauffman, cellist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, as well as theory and ear training. He also played with many local bands in the area and played for college events, such as the "Pre-Exam Jam," where he opened for bands such as the Black Eyed Peas and Rusted Root.   After 2 years of extensive studies, he decided to set his sights at the Berklee College of Music, where he studied various forms of music such as jazz, blues, rock, and funk under musical greats like Dan Bowden and Bruce Katz.

  During his stay at Berklee, he discovered his love and talent for writing and performing his own music and  also discovered his love for teaching.  He started by hanging flyers around the city and teaching people in their homes.  He found a great joy from passing down the knowledge that was given to him and helping people love and understand music.  After 4 years, he received his Bachelor's Degree in Professional Music from Berklee and now resides in Chicago and currently performs, writes, and records for multiple bands and teaches around the city.

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