Gene Markiewicz is one of Indianapolis most established drummers, having performed with many of the areas finest musicians and organizations. He has performed with Jim Edison, Al Cobine, The Buselli/ Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, Bill Lancton, Becky Archibald, Steve Robinette, The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Trombononomous. He has co-led the award winning Carter/Markiewicz Jazz Quartet with the late jazz legend Chuck Carter. Currently. Gene currently co-leads the Farrelly/Markiewicz Jazz Quartet with saxophonist Jim Farrelly, and the D/M Jazz 8 with talented trombonist/arranger Rich Dole. Gene is also a frequent guest on Have You Heard, a jazz listening radio program on WICR.
Gene Markiewicz, along with Connie Harris and the Speedway Chamber of Commerce, have organized three successful years of Jazz Fest in Speedway, as part of Indy Jazz Fest held annually in September.
Gene Markiewicz was inducted into the Indianapolis Jazz Hall of Fame in 2011.
As an educator Gene is involved with several community programs. Gene sits in the board if the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation/Indy Jazz Fest as the education chairperson. Annually has been a faculty member of the University of Indianapolis Jazz Combo Camp. He also is a frequent judge at the annual Purdue Jazz Festival. A strong advocate for public education, he has been an elementary classroom teacher in the Indianapolis Public Schools for seven years. Gene has attended Indiana Weslayan University and is a graduate of Marian University.
Gene’s influences include; Mel Lewis, John Von Ohlen, Chuck Carter, Ringo Starr, Elvin Jones, Jeff Hamilton, John Coltrane, Wes Montgomary, Oscar Peterson, Stan Kenton, Michael Brecker, and on, and on…