Mark Workman was in first grade when his father first introduced him to the trumpet and taught him to play a few notes. When he was in 4th grade, he joined the band and started playing cornet. He switched to baritone and euphonium in the Pride of Pampa High School Band. He also got his first electric guitar and joined the jazz band. From there, he went on to West Texas State University and played in the marching, symphonic, and stage bands.
During his college years, he had the opportunity to play guitar in several concerts with some of the great artists who passed through Amarillo. Some of the artists include Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet, Bucky Pizzarelli on guitar, Zoot Sims on tenor sax, and Bob Hicks on trumpet. He also performed as a guest guitarist for the Amarillo Symphony.
Although Mark loved music, his bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees were in science and computers. As a result, his career path pulled him away from his guitar for over 20 years. While working in Show Low, AZ, he had an opportunity to play with the college jazz band, so he dusted off his guitar and got back in the saddle. He also played in the White Mountain Big Band and was the cofounder of a 16-piece show band with the goal of performing Chicago and Blood, Sweat, and Tears songs. A few more job changes would mean his guitar would remain in the closet for another 15 years. After moving to Bryan/College Station, he was able to break out his guitar once more and began playing with some classic rock bands.