Mark Lanter

Instructor of Jazz Studies


Performing professionally since the age of 14, Mark Lanter has maintained a busy and varied musical career.  As one of the top drum set players in the southeastern region, he continues a steady schedule of performance and teaching.  His first recordings appeared while in high school with Trans Improvisation artists Davey Williams and LaDonna Smith.  Pataphisical Reveue (Alcohol Records) and From the One That Cut You have maintained a steady cult following since the late 1970s.  While attending the University of Alabama he traveled and recorded with numerous regional acts including legendary Muscle Shoals recording artist Tippy Armstrong.  In the years that followed, Lanter has performed and/or recorded with such notables including Michael Hedges, Mose Alison, Eric Essix (Nova Records), Vova Nova (Chameleon Records), Mundel Lowe, Giacomo Gates, Boots Randolph, James Peterson, Willi King, Big Bo and Little Whit, Microwave Dave, Tom Wolfe, Ken Watters, Topper Price and the Upsetters, Otiel Burbridge, Chuck Redd, Robert Redd, Victor Atkins, Marlon Jordan, Stephanie Jordan, Rachel Jordan, Kent Jordan, Ed Miller, Brian McNeill, Vladislav Lavrik and Maxim Rubtsov from the Russian National Symphony, Simon Gulliver, Danny Gotlieb, John Beck, Ron McCurdy, and many others. Recent tours include a tour in Colombia South America with the UA Jazz Faculty (2008), and a tour of Israel with Henri’s Notions headlining the Jacob’s Ladder festival (2010). He is also a regular performing with numerous jazz artists at the W.C. Handy Blues and Jazz festival in Florence Alabama. Most recent recordings include Tom Wolfe, Simple Peace (2001) and regional independent artists Downright, Downright, (2001), and Hidden Agenda (2003), Henri’s Notions, Trip To The Cottage (2007), and Right Action Figures (2008), the Crimson Quartet (2010), and Producer, Co-Writer and Performer on Gabriel Tajeu’s debut album, “ Finding My Way” (2013) recently licensed on Sweet Soul records in Japan. He currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama performing sold out shows with The Black Jacket Symphony, Henri’s Notions, the UA Jazz Faculty, Druid City Jazz Orchestra, and his own groups Bonus Round, The Peytones, The Redcoats, and The Lizard Kings, while teaching private lessons and Jazz Studies at the University of Alabama, and African American Music, Jazz History, and Music Appreciation at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Mark Lanter has earned a BA in Music at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a MM in Arranging at the University of Alabama. Most recently Lanter’s eBook and online course Music Appreciation With The Beatles: A New Approach has been published by Kendall / Hunt and is currently offered at UAB.