About Mark

Mark Siracusa - Drums, Vocals and Percussion

I’ve been on the music scene for 40 years and have played with many bands doing everything from big band to reggae. Having been on the music scene for so long, I've acquired a great deal of knowledge regarding the entertainment industry here in Southwest Florida and the surrounding area. Originally from the Central NY area, I made my way down to Naples, Florida in 1986 and have been performing professionally ever since. Currently I can be heard playing drums and percussion on Marc Vee's latest smooth jazz CDs "Inspiration" released 2008 and his latest recording "My Journey" released 2011. Both CDs are available through cdbaby.com

Education
At age of 10, I became interested in drums thanks to my parents love for big band swing music. Witnessing the British Invasion in my living room via the Ed Sullivan show solidified in my mind that becoming a drummer was my true calling.

My brother, Dan, helped to set up formal lessons for me with his friend, local drummer Lenny Nocelli. While working with him, I completed Breeze Easy Method's for Drums by John Kinyon. I continued formal training at the Dick Howard School of Percussion. In my free time, I simultaneously completed Jim Chapin’s "Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer" and "Stick Control for the Snare Drummer" by George Lawrence Stone.

Later, while performing in the New York state area, I was briefly schooled by renowned drummer David Hanlon and continued tutoring myself through the Rockin' Bass Drum book by John Lombardo. Returning from the road for a period, I earned my Associates Degree at a local college, where I also played in the music department "stage band" and performed music on weekends in the local area.

-Here are some of the area bands I’ve either played with or have been an integral part of-

The Talk

Stagecoach and the Coconuts, The Coconuts and Mixed Nuts

In the Pink

Just Jazz

Barefoot Mary

Weak at the Knees

Brush Fire

The Peter Duchin Orchestra

The Powerhouse Band

Jimmy Keys and the Wankers (Musical Comedy)

The Jay Robert Band

The David Pringle Trio

Carla Valenti

The Hot Topic Band

The High Voltage Band

The Hal Roland Orchestra

Paul Rozmus and Renata-The Funky Side Band

The Stu Shelton Trio

The Denny Scott Trio

The Mambo Brothers

The Linguini Brothers

Fortune

The Marc Vee Band

The Juice

The Certified Band

Perfect Gentleman

The Handsome Men (John G. McLane tropical/jazz combo)

The Bob Gaffney Band

Billy Dean and Dawn

The Jerry Stawski Duo

The Doug Williams Duo

Phoenix

Steve Uscher's Tropical Jazz Quartet

Andy Wahlberg, harp guitarist/humorist

Craig Christman

Stacey Knights (Sax/Vocalist)