Growing up in Ancaster, Mark Russom had a poster of Garfield on his bedroom door, in which the cherubic cat, bedecked as a one-man band, proclaims "music is my life". Although not quite a one-man band, the similarity is evident today. Mark's musical studies have included the organ, cello, piano, and clarinet. Since the late 80's, Mark has also been putting his vocal cords to great use, with tenures in the Exultate Chamber Singers, the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, and more recently the Cathedral Choir of St. James in Toronto. Mark has been a resident cellist with the Niagara Symphony since 1988, is a founding member of the Serenata String Quartet, and enjoys an active freelance career, performing both as a vocalist and instrumentalist. Away from his music, Mark is an avid curler, cyclist, and golfer, on those rare occasions when spare time avails itself.