Mark graduated from Massey University in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in Jazz performance. He has studied with known international performers and educators such as Henry Cole, Graham Morgan, Joe Morello, Ari Hoenig, John Riley, Jim Black, Andrew Gander, Felix Bloxman, Ben Vanderwal, Changuito to name a few.
From an early age Mark has been sharing his love of music. He is the author of the drum method book , “Drum Recipe” and has taught 2000+ students in over 30 schools in New Zealand, Australia and USA.
As a musician Mark formed the “Mark Lockett Trio” and “Mark Lockett and friends”. He has played with some of the finest American, New Zealand, and Australian musicians such as George Garzone, Roy Hargrove, Joe Cohn, Joel Frahm, Orlando le Fleming, Danny Walsh, Ratzo Harris, Roger Manins, Michelle Nicole, Emma Gilmartin, Alison Wedding, Geoff Hughes, Mark Fitzgibbon and Jamie Oehlers (winner of the 2003 Montreux Jazz festival saxophone competition).
In 2004 Mark released his debut CD “About Time” on Move Records. This CD features special arrangements by Jordan Murray and Eugene Ball. Musicians include Mark Fitzgibbon, Jordan Murray, Jamie Oehlers, Paul Van Ross and Alison Wedding. Early in 2005 Mark released a joint project with saxophonist Paul Van Ross, titled “Mark Lockett + Paul Van Ross live at Spleen”. A series of regular weekly gigs were recorded at Spleen Bar and the highlights were released on New Market Records. Mark has also released ‘Now and Then’ and ‘Sneaking Out After Midnight’ which includes some of his original compositions. Marks latest release ‘Redaction’ (Rattle Records, 2015) is a collaboration with photographic artist Veronica Hodgkinson, taonga puoro expert Dr. Richard Nunns and free music improviser Jeff Henderson.
* B Mus, Dip Mus
* VIT Registered (Australia)
* Member of Australian Music Teachers Register (AMTR)