Mark began his musical and drum development at Richmond High School, under the tutelage of Jay Lehmann and then, Drake McCarthy.
Mark received additional instruction on the finer aspects of drumming from Dave Bartlett, ad former member of Tower of Power.
Upon attending Contra Costa Community College, Mark was instructed by Kenny Illusario.
Mark was also able to have an instruction from the now legendary Steve Smith, drummer for Journey and began his gigging life with, the Tommy Crank Band.
In the coming years, Mark played in, performed and recorded with a, a plethora of bands and artists throughout the Bay Area, which included becoming the co-founder and original drummer of Primus with, Les Claypool!
Mark also was involved in pit orchestra for Contra Costa College’s Performing Arts Theater in such productions of: ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Guys and Dolls, Westside Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Wizard of Oz, The Wiz and The Tempest. Mark has also performed in the orchestras for ‘A Winter’s Tale’ and ‘Grease.’
A choice number of bands that Mark has been a member of, performed and recovered with throughout the years are: Shock Exchange, Sugar Cane, Desire, Factor 3, Pure, Lotus Rush, Majestic Soul, Resin 7, Te’ar’e O Te’au, Revelation, Delta Brew, OPO, ODA and had also worked as a studio drummer and had recorded for various artists as well as drummer/vocalist for Crosswinds Church and resurrection AME Church music ministries.
Mark recorded an album as the producer/composer/co-composer/arranger with his acoustic duo brother, Alex Jimenez, on their Jimenez/Edgar Acoustik Projekt.
Mark’s song composition of “First Generation” and drum performances can be heard on 2nd Planet’s newest album release titled “Back Down To Earth” which is available on all digital streaming platforms.
DRUMS, PERCUSSION & VOCALS
A native Bay Area multi-instrumentalist that got an early start in music with piano lessons on her mother’s lap. Playing music for the pure joy of it, she has performed at Yoshi’s, Freight and Salvage, the California Jazz Conservatory and Ashkenaz in genres as diverse as big band jazz, harmonica ensemble, body music and Brazilian choro. She is currently a member of several bands including Raw Sugar, Mary Lou’s Apartment and Tin Sandwich.
Flute/ Sax Player
Darrell has been playing professionally for more than 20 years and had played at a number of popular venues in the South and Central Texas area as well as overseas. Darrell was the resident piano player at the Tower of Americas in San Antonio Texas as well as several of the major hotels and restaurants in central Texas. Darrell had also performed with opening acts for artist such as Tom Brown, Roy Ayers, The Sax Pack, Kirk Whalum, Pieces of a Dream, Joe McBride, Steve Cole and Mindi Abair among others as well as having the privilege of touring in Southeast Asia with The Second Nature Band out of San Antonio Texas for the US military. Darrell’s performances can be heard on 2nd Planet’s newest album release titled “Back Down To Earth” which is available on all digital streaming platforms.
Keyboard player / musical director
The guitarist of Northern California’s 2nd Planet band. Clarence has also worked as a writer for Bass Frontiers Magazine and wrote stories as well as conducted interviews on bass guitar pioneer and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee LARRY GRAHAM (formerly of Sly and the Family Stone and presently with Graham Central Station) who now performs with mega/platinum artist PRINCE. Clarence also interviewed bassist CHRIS SQUIRE of the legendary rock band YES.
Clarence’s past accomplishments include a CD release titled “The Upside Down Xperience” featuring the smooth jazz title “Ocean Breeze” which was aired on Sacramento California radio stations.
You can hear Clarence’s compositions on 2ND PLANET’S debut release, “Beyond the Surface, the band’s second album release “The Next Level” and the band’s newest album release titled “Back Down To Earth” which is available on all digital streaming platforms.