Mark Goodfellow is a guitarist who also casually plays the bass guitar, alto saxophone, piano and percussion instruments. He is currently in his second year of Mohawk College’s applied music program. Due to COVID-19, the program which was scheduled to start in September of 2020 was rescheduled for January 2021. During his time out of school, Mark kept busy by taking an online improvisation class at Berklee and worked part-time instructing guitar for children and youth through a local municipal recreation program.

Mark had little exposure to jazz before enrolling at Mohawk and he credits his instructors for taking his general interest in music and developing it into a true appreciation for the jazz genre. His playing and performance experience has been primarily within the college’s improvisation classes, jazz ensembles and local gigs with his classmates. The experience working within the music community at Mohawk has given Mark exposure to players with diverse musical tastes and backgrounds.

While initially happy to take on the role of a rhythm guitarist Mark is finding that through practice with jazz soloing, he is looking forward to taking on more of a principle role in playing during his second year.