Event Date & Time
14 December 2017
Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School
4552 Princess Anne Rd,
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Norfolk-raised and St. Pius Parrish member, Mark Dunn’s journey began playing guitar in Sunday mass and school functions.
Playing and singing Elvis songs by the age of 6, the guitar was as much of Mark’s everyday life as riding a bike and playing sports with friends. However, it was the unparalleled style and sound of Eddie Van Halen that introduced Mark to the idea of becoming a musician - making the guitar his life’s work.
While attending Old Dominion University, Mark began playing professionally at the age of 18 on the Spirit of Norfolk. From there, he went on to gain regional experience playing with the Tonne Elliot Band and Waterworks. From 1997-2001, Mark held the lead guitar position with Windborne Music and performed the music of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd with various symphonies across the U.S.
To advance his career on a national level, Mark moved to the southern hub of Atlanta, where he shared the stage with or supported such popular artists as Styx, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn, Gretchen Wilson, Kansas, Fleetwood Mac, Tim Reynolds (of The Dave Matthew’s Band), Brad Paisley, Rascal Flats, Travis Tritt, and countless others. Mark’s work in Atlanta paid off in 2008, when he was honored with the Musician of the Year award from the Georgia Country Music Association and in 2014 was nominated for a CMA as touring musician of the year.
In addition to performing live, Mark has played on hundreds of studio sessions for sync-licensing projects, television, commercial, movie, and promotional soundtracks with artists such as Grammy award winners, Bruce Hornsby and Levi Little of Black Street, as well as country artist Kevin Mac, 2x Grammy nominee, Michael Marquart, and members from the bands of Eric Clapton, Tim McGraw, Robert Palmer, and Marvin Gaye.
Mark has over 3500 shows logged domestically and internationally.
This hometown show at Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School, allows Mark to showcase his newly released solo album and debut his 2018 Mark Dunn Signature electric guitar, in collaboration with Kohlman Guitars.
The net proceeds of the Bishop Sullivan showcase will be donated to the Theater Department in appreciation of the school’s daily positive impact for all students including, Dan Dunn, a 2015 graduate and current junior at Virginia Common Wealth University.
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