Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame

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Musical History of Mark Wright

Musical Influences

Mark Wright was first influenced by his parents.  His father played guitar, bass fiddle and banjo, and his mother played piano.  With all of the instruments lying around the house, he gradually became interested.

Mark started on drums in elementary school because they were loud, and played percussion through high school.  He began plinking around on bass and then guitar around 9th grade.  He played in concert band at Sarah Scott Junior High, and in the Terre Haute Youth Symphony.  He was a percussionist in the marching band, concert band, jazz ensemble and orchestra at Wiley High School (1968-71).  He played 3 or 4 gigs with the Terre Haute Symphony when they needed a guitarist.

His band career began in junior high, when he played drums with a group for a couple of gigs.  In high school, he started playing bass, and a few years later moved to guitar.

Musical Career

Mark has been a member of the following bands:

1966 Played drums with The Vestees
1970-1973 Played bass and guitar with Soupbone
1973-1975 Played guitar with the Soul Messengers
1977-1981 Played guitar with the Hank Roberts Quartet
1980's Played in several Wabash Valley bands whose names have been forgotten
1991-2011 Played banjo with Sara and the Boys
2012-Now Played guitar with The Crowe Committee

Memorable Moments

Mark played at the Notre Dame jazz festival in 1974 with a small ensemble from the ISU jazz band to an audience of several thousand people. Several famous musician judges critiqued them.

Hall of Fame

Mark was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a part of the Class of 2014.  He was elected to the Board of Directors in March 2014.   He was elected to the office of Secretary in 2016.

Mark has made many contributions to the Hall since joining the Board.   A very special contribution was creating and running the Musical Petting Zoo at the Terre Haute Children's Museum.

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Last update on April 5, 2016