I first met Mark Schaumann when the Mauao Choir, led by Emily Macklow, performed at the Brew Bar when I was hosting an open mic night with my good friend and bass player, Stephen Calvert, who also sings in this choir. It was lovely to hear Mark's deep bass voice covering the lower notes, and I was further impressed when I discovered Mark's talent on drums and percussion. He recently performed with my new band JAG Convertable, which covered eight of my original songs and some New Zealand covers when we played at the Katikati Folk Club in a 'double-bill' concert with fellow singer-songwriter Renny M, backed by Janet Muggeridge. They were also impressed and invited him to accompany them on percussion for a song or two.

Mark was born in Auckland and his first serious instrument study was three years of violin when he was a teenager. When his schoolmates decided to start a band, they didn't need a violin, so he had some drum lessons from the late Neil Dunningham and played in 'The Statsz' at Onehunga High School. He later played for the 'The Traitors' and Auckland covers band 'Maximum Load' that played at the Anglo-American Bikers‘ Club Annual Memorial Easter Run at Waikino in 1989 and 1990 in front of thousands of "inebriated and appreciative bikers".

With marriage, family and career commitments, Mark took a hiatus from the band scene, moved to Tauranga in 1995 and has stayed in the area ever since.

Mark will be playing on August 11 at the Brew Bar in Tauranga, backing local singer-songwriters performing at the LMM Club event hosted by LA Thompson.

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