Luke Markham was born in Syracuse, NY and began playing drums in his small high school’s band at the age of 10. Quickly joining the school’s Jazz band at age 12, Markham’s early roots lie mostly in Jazz music. His high school playing resume includes being elected to All-County Concert Band each year he was eligible, being elected to All-State Concert Band his final year of high school, being awarded the John Phillip Sousa Band Award, and Band Director’s Award for concert band. Luke also participated in the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) festival each year he was eligible and was awarded a perfect score on the highest possible level of snare drum solo. After a brief stint in exclusively Rock projects, Luke now enjoys and plays all styles of music including Jazz, Rock, Latin, R&B, and everything in between.
A recent graduate of the State University of New York College at Oneonta, Luke has a BA in Music Industry with a minor in Audio Engineering and spent three years studying with drum set instructor Blake Fleming (The Mars Volta ,Dazzling Killmen, Laddio Bolocko). After relocating to New York City in 2012 he has continued his studies with local instructors and become a regular part of the city’s thriving music scene.
Luke is currently involved in a number of projects in the New York City area, including the Luke Markham Group, Alessandro Fadini 4tet, Fort Vine, Maya Sharpe, and The Grautet. He is endorsed by Soultone Cymbals and has shared the stage with the likes of Braxton Cook, Straylight Run, Ace Enders, and Good Old War.