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Mark Kelso

December 3, 2018

Aired Monday, 3 December 2018, 12:00 PM ET

Mark Kelso

Canada’s most sought after drummer is in the Chair !

Joining us on our series of Musical Chairs is Mark Kelso.

Originally hailing from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Canadian drummer Mark Kelso has made Toronto, Canada his home for quite some time. Not only is he a skilled musician who plays drums and percussion, but he is also a singer, producer and composer as well. As a sideman Mark has earned 4 Juno awards and most recently was nominated for the first time this year as a leader with his own group, the Jazz Exiles. Mark has been the head of the percussion dept in the prestigious Humber College music program since 2005.

Mark’s ability to play a wide variety of musical styles has helped him become one of Canada’s most sought after drummers.

Mark runs “Groovy Drums Studio” where he records drum tracks for many artists around the world. To date he has played on over 300 recordings. In 2016 Mark released his very first instructional DVD, “Musician First, Drummer Second” to great acclaim.

Aside from playing many TV and radio jingles and movie soundtracks, Mark has also been featured in “Drums, ETC “, “Canadian Musician ” and “Modern Drummer” magazines.

Mark endorses and is a featured clinician for Yamaha Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Evans Drum heads, Headhunters drumsticks and Plunge Audio in-ear monitors.