Mark Ivester is a versatile drummer and percussionist with extensive experience playing a variety of musical genres from rock to jazz to orchestral music. Ivester has performed with numerous jazz artists of international stature including Larry Coryell, Freddie Hubbard, Diane Schuur, Mose Allison, Charlie Byrd and Eartha Kitt.He currently performs and records with the Jovino Santos Neto Quartet, Greta Matassa and Susan Pasca. Ivester has also performed with the Honolulu, Spokane and Walla Walla symphony orchestras.
Ivester is a founding member of the professional percussion ensemble Happy Hammers, a group that performs a broad cross–section of percussion music of various ethnic origins including the steel drums from Trinidad, African drumming of the Ewe and Yoruba tribes, Afro–Cuban drumming, Brazilian sambas, and jazz for mallet keyboard instruments. Ivester earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Eastern Washington University, and he did undergraduate and graduate work in ethnomusicology at the University of Hawaii that included field study in gamelan music on the island of Java.