Mario became interested in North American and British music back in the 70's, but what really made a big impression on him was when he heard The Modern Jazz Quartet and the Richie Zellon Blues Band, in Lima, Peru. He was hooked and begged His Mother for a drum set. After playing for a while with local musicians, he decided It was time to move on. London was his original destination but a last minute decision took him to Denver where he met his wife and raised two children. After moving to Oakland, he met his next door neighbor, Bass player Donnie Mucker, who was playing Blues and R&B. Mario usually accompanied Donnie to his gigs and that's where he had a chance to sit in with some of the best Blues musicians in the San Francisco bay area. He played at The A&C Club, Eli's Mile High, The Continental, The Fifth Amendment, Everett & Jones, The Silver Shelter, The Fat Lady, Bluesville, Ruthie's Inn,The Porthole, The Up Town, The Brick House, etc. He had the opportunity to perform at other venues: Golden Gate Park Hall of Flowers and The Municipal Bandstand, The Hilton Hotel Oakland, The Milbrae Art Festival, The Sonoma Salute to the Arts, The Bayou Club in New Orleans, private parties and special events.
His passion for drumming took him to Brasil for Carnaval in Rio Novo with the Barabas Samba group, and to San Francisco with Fogo na Roupa, where they closed the Carnaval parade on the Macy's stage after Los Lonely Boys. He also plays the Cajon "Afro Peruvian box Drum" to Blues and R&B, getting a lot of positive feed back. Classic rock, Samba, Bossa and North American Folk are some of the genres he enjoys playing but the Blues really got a hold on him.