Mark Wray Bullis, age 54, passed away at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, Ca. on January 5, 2011 after a brief illness from diverticulitis complications.
Born October 23, 1956, in Seattle, Washington, to Gaylord and Patricia Bullis, he lived on Mercer Island, Washington with his wife, mother and son.
He was a gifted, well known, loved and respected jazz musician. He was known as a great bassist and a great guitarist as well. He had many students that will no doubt follow in his footsteps and he loved teaching as well performing. Mark was totally in his element in front of his audiences. His music career started at the age of 9 when his grandmother bought him his first guitar. His mother had a love of music and took Mark to see many of his major influences along the way. Mark studied classical bass with Seattle Symphony bassists Ron Simon and Nancy Griffin, Gary Peacock, Dave Holland, and Stafford James. He continued studying jazz guitar & studying with Dave Peterson, Jim Nichols, Dave Hearle, Joe Henderson, Julien Priester and Mark Levine. He has worked with the Seattle Philharmonic and the Bellevue Philharmonic along with all the great musicians he so loved and respected in the Pacific Northwest.
Mark had the privilege of working professionally with Steve Allen, Diane Shure, Barbara McNair, Johnny Barnes of the Platters, Edmonia Jarrett, Hadley Caliman and many many others.