Mark Athanasiadis

Mark is a drummer and percussionist based in Markham, ON. He started playing drums at the age of 11, and hasn’t stopped ever since. Mark won the Musician of the Year award at his high school Music Banquet, in Grade 12, voted by his bandmates. He attended Humber College where he completed his Bachelor of Music degree with Honours in June 2018. At Humber, Mark had the privilege of studying with some outstanding faculty including Paul DeLong, Larnell Lewis and Mark Kelso. Mark was also the recipient of numerous awards including the Just Drums Award, Sabian Cymbals Award, the Sonny Milne Memorial Award and the Cisco Scholarship for Excellence. Mark is a member of several jazz ensembles including the “Chris Molyneaux Jazz Trio” and “The Anthology Project,” as well as a jazz/rock/fusion band called “Accolades”; an alternative/folk band, “Avalon’s Garden” and a progressive metal band, “Imantrus”. He has played in various festivals including TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Beaches Jazz Festival, Unionville Festival, and the Toronto Undergraduate Jazz Festival, as well as gigs throughout the GTA and beyond. In 2013-2016 Mark had the privilege of playing with the Toronto All-Star Big Band, where he toured Southern Ontario, Iowa, and Florida, performing classic swing  and big band music of the 1930s-40s. Mark currently teaches drums to students of various ages and skill levels. He approaches teaching with the same joy and enthusiasm as he does his own playing. He encourages his students to take it one step at a time and never give up. Learning and playing music requires discipline and practice and should always be fun!