Mark Joel Herndon was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on May 11, 1955. His father was a Marine pilot, so he and his parents traveled all over the country most of Mark's life. Finally they settled in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and that is where Mark calls home. Mark has blonde hair and blue eyes, stands 5' 10" tall is married and has one daughter. His favorite colors are red, blue and purple and he enjoys eating Japanese and Mexican food. In his spare time, Mark enjoys spending time with family and friends. Also, as a licensed pilot, Mark enjoys aviation as well as motorcycles and believe it or not, traveling. Mark's favorite artists are Bob Seeger, Journey, Jean-Luc Ponty, Tchaikovsky, Rush and Hank Williams, Jr. Mark plays a steady, up-tempo beat on the drums. Before joining ALABAMA in 1979, Mark played in circuit bands around Myrtle Beach. His favorite states are Maine, Florida, California and Colorado and his favorite city is Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Mark's fondest memories are "playing the same arenas in South Carolina that only a few years before I attended concerts in as a member of the audience, and, my flight with the Blue Angels"