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Mark O'Connell

About the Artist

When I was 8 years old I just started banging on anything I could get my hands on. My parents bought me my first drum kt and I started playing in the basement of their house. I knew that was what I wanted to do and I started gaining influence from drummers like John Bonham. At 11, I started my first band and I've been lucky enough to be drumming ever since. Proud to still be touring and recording albums after 14 years with Taking Back Sunday and sometimes we still practice in that same basement.

We asked... Why Gretsch?

I chose Gretsch because they are great drums.

Recordings you've played on

Taking Back Sunday Catalogue - 5 Full Lenght LP's - 3 Gold Albums
Tell All Your Friends (2002)
Where You Want To Be (2004)
Louder Now (2006)
New Again (2009)
Taking Back Sunday (2011)


John Bonham


Never give up!

Gretsch Marquee Series

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Gold Series Snares

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