Hockey, football, baseball: These were Mark Hildebrand's first loves. But no matter how sunny it was outside, his piano lessons were being studied as mom listened in from the kitchen. Later, finding his true passion in the guitar, he was grateful for every moment of that discipline.
Born and raised in BC, in a home filled with classical piano, western guitar, and hymns of the church, Mark's musical journey was, from the start, diverse. Upon discovering the guitar as a young teen, he continued to explore and experiment with many styles of sound. And even though he won the Royal Conservatory of Music silver medal while training in classical guitar, in the end, his heart was won by the blues.
In writing and performance, Mark's structure and technique build the listener's confidence in his skill. But as his fingers fly over the fretboard, he exposes his soul, so that the experience becomes sublime. Whether composing original pieces, performing live, or teaching music at a local college, his talent is in demand. He has most recently been a guitarist for Cowboys and Indians, Colin Bullock, and The Reckoners. Mark's most recent effort included writing, producing and playing guitar, mandolin and lap steel on the One Acre album titled "Big Back Yard".
He has mastered many styles, but what defines him best is how Mark patiently abides in the the Creator of all music to be tangibly provoked. The value he stores in this is best expressed by C.S. Lewis:"You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." Hear him play. You'll know it's true..