Mark Joel Herndon (bornMay 11, 1955 in Springfield, MA) former rock drummer best known for playing with the American country, southern rock and bluegrass band Alabama (1979–2004). He replaced drummer Rich Scott (1974–79) in April 1, 1979, after nearly a decade of bar jobs provided a harder approach that was the last key to Alabama's signature sound - just prior to their launch into country's mainstream. Herndon recently emerged from musical retirement to become Leah Seawright's drummer.
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, 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"
Herndon and the other members of Alabama had had their relationship strained over the years. While he was present in each press photo and a photo of him once hung at Alabama's fan club and museum, Randy Owen contended that he was never an official member of the group. He claimed his inclusion in photos was the label's idea, and that Herndon was a paid employee of the band, rather than a member. In May 2008, the other members of the group sued drummer Mark Herndon for $202,670 in money allegedly overpaid to him three years earlier after the band's farewell tour concluded. This money was allegedly factored into the net profit and given to Herndon before accounting was completed, an allegation Herndon has denied. The band did not sue Herndon until he requested money from the multiple live albums and songs that the band had released but never paid Herndon for playing on. By filing the lawsuit, Alabama band attorneys mistakenly included copies of band contracts as exhibits along with their lawsuit papers, thus allowing fans a chance to look at the inner workings of the band and revealing that Herndon actually had a contractual full band share of the farewell tour.
Mark Herndon Drumstick Collection
Current Drumstick Count in Collection: 8.