Mark Hadley is a guitarist/composer unconfined by the accepted definitions of genre and continually trying to push the envelope with his music.
Born and raised in Rochester, New York, Hadley began his musical journey with piano and trumpet lessons as a child until getting his first guitar at the age of 11. He played mostly pop/rock music until he began to study jazz with Bob Sneider at Eastman School of Music during high school. Hadley won several local music awards throughout high school and got accepted to Berklee on scholarship his senior year.
At Berklee, Hadley is pursuing a degree in film scoring and performance, and anticipates graduating in 2011. He has had the privilege of studying with incredible musicians such as Mick Goodrick, Tim Miller, Rick Peckham, Hal Crook, Dave Santoro, and David Gilmore in the Performance Division, and also has been very active within the Film Scoring Department. In the spring of 2009, Hadley won the grand prize in Berklee's annual film scoring contest for his original score for the short film "Michael's Rose."
Hadley has performed at numerous venues around the country, from small restaurants like Bistro 135 and the Savant Project to world-renowned venues like the Rochester International Jazz Festival. He leads his own groups, in which he composes the music, and performs around Boston. Outside of his own projects, Hadley also plays guitar as a sideman in several other bands around Boston, ranging from singer-songwriters to jazz to pop/rock. He also performs frequently as a studio musician, on all types of guitars as well as mandolin.