Mark Sacco was born and raised in the Trenton, NJ suburb of Hamilton where he currently resides. His grandfather gave him his first drum set when he was 4 years old and he has been entertaining ever since! He started taking formal lessons with longtime Trenton drummer Dick Wilshaw until Dick moved to Florida. He continued studies through high school with jazz artist and composer Frank Golia. Mark also started playing guitar and piano in grade school. Mark has his Associates Degree in music from Mercer County Community College.
Before high school, gigs included backyard parties, he also played drums during CCD celebrations at St. Raphael's school. He also had experience backing up the in Middle School choir and a few Retirement homes for gigs!
By the time he was in high school, the focus had changed to guitar as his band Scrumper Joe was a staple at various "battle of the bands" gigs around the area as well as playing pool clubs and parties. Working with the band members in the studio he garnered his first experience with original music. Nick Parent, Greg Bacsik, and Jim Muntone wrote several songs that were recorded in a small Yardville basement studio. Mark was also playing side projects on the drums with several area bands by the end of high school.
After high school, Mark found himself back on the drums full time working with bands like Slee, Livewire, and others. It was around this time that he first sat in with Ernie White at the legendary Monday night jams at Smitty’s Kicks in Trenton.
As Mark continued to record he met studio owner Bill Lenk from Studio 84 in Jamesburg, NJ. Mark began an apprenticeship there where he learned recording techniques and engineered many recordings for local acts. He even assisted on pre-production recordings for the band Skid Row. Through this time he made several connections that would open doors later in his career.
Unguided Missile and the Slaves of New Brunswick were two such connections. It was these bands that Mark started to gain club experience. Places like John & Peter’s in New Hope and The Melody in New Brunswick became regular gigs. Through this New Brunswick connection, Mark met artists like Glen Burtnik, Tony Shanahan & Lenny Kaye. Lenny introduced Mark to Jim Carroll and he performed on Jim's video on MTV. He recorded and performed with Mila Drumke for several years in this same time frame. The New Hope connection fostered a long time relationship with John Bushnell, who Mark still plays with in the John Bushnell Band.
Soon Mark was playing full time with Trenton legend Ernie White and appeared regularly with him throughout the Trenton music scene. Mark recorded several albums with the Ernie White Band and continues to record and perform with Tom Reock and Ernie.
Having performed at Glen & Ernie’s annual benefit concerts, Mark has backed some of the finest national and local artists. He has performed at some of the major venues around the tri-state area like the State Theater in New Brunswick, Patriot’s Theater in Trenton, Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, as well as The Bowery Ballroom, The Palladium and BB Kings in New York City.
Mark’s mastery of both Electronic and Acoustic drums has led him around the country performing for audiences young and old. His first solo album was completed late in 2016 on which he performed every note as well as recorded, engineered and mixed it. He is currently working with Jimmy and the Parrots as well as Rock and Roll Heaven. He plans to continue to entertain audiences; learn and expand his musical palette, and teach and mentor musicians in all forms of performing and recording.
Ernie White, John Bushnell, Lenny Kaye, Jim Carroll, Glen Burtnik, Bob Bandiera, Tony Shanahan, Regan Richards, Emily Grove, Kim Pulsive, Christine Martucci, Lisa Bouchelle, Pat Dinizio, Patty Smyth, Phoebe Snow, Marshall Crenshaw, Patti Smith, Richie Sambora, Duke Williams, Joe Zook, Paul Plumeri, Billy Hill, Spiraling with Tom Brislan, Willie Nile, Don Dazzo and the Whirling Dervishes, Bernie Brauswetter, Matt O’Ree, Jigs Giglio, Antonique Smith, Kasim Sulton, Graham Maby, Carlton Brown, Bob Burger, Tommy DeCarlo, Steve Augeri, Taylor Hope, Erin Hill, Steve Conte, Kimberley Dahme, Mary Lee Kortes, Christine Ohlman, Joe Hurley, Joe Vadala, Tom Marolda, Frank Stallone, Mila Drumke.
Ernie White Band, Big Sky, Innocent Eyes, Unguided Missle, Scrumper Joe, Jimmy and the Parrots, Flywheel Crusade, Harmzway, Walk The Talk, Livewire, Gunsmoke, John Bushnell Band, Mila Drumke, Audio Pilot, Rock And Roll Heaven