Mark Porter is a native of Montana who lived in Texas for three years and presently resides in Green Bay, Wisconsin with his wife Becky. He works as a senior marketing executive with the H. B. Fuller Company. Prior to moving to Texas in 2015, Mark spent 19 years as a high school, college, and Indoor Football Referee. After coming to Texas, he retired from football officiating and decided to pursue his other passion – music. Mark’s dad, Dean Porter, is a retired professional guitarist, and his grandfather Russell Porter was a nationally known banjo player. After sitting in on a few Texas bluegrass jams, Mark decided to hang up his guitar and start playing mandolin.
Mark presently serves as Social Media Manager for the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation and runs the Bluegrass Society of America Facebook group. He plays mandolin with both the Packerland String Band and a country band, Whiskeysense. Mark is Certified Guitar Repair Technician graduate of the Chicago School of Guitar Repair who recently became a Certified Wernick-Method Bluegrass Jam Instructor.