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, Mark Radway, The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and many other groups and ensembles. He co-lead the Farrelly/Markiewicz Jazz Quartet. He has also co-led the award winning Carter/Markiewicz Jazz Quartet with the late jazz legend Chuck Carter.
Currently, he performs with his ensemble The Gene Markiewicz Band! He is the drummer for the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra, and is a part of an exciting trio featuring pianist Gary Walters, and bassist Peter Hansen. He performs regularly with Bill Lancton and Jimmy Davis in Madison Indiana.
Gene Markiewicz, along with the Speedway Chamber of Commerce, have organized the successful Jazz Fest in Speedway held annually in September on Speedway’s famous Main St. since 2015.
Gene Markiewicz was inducted into the Indianapolis Jazz Hall of Fame in 2011.
Gene Markiewicz has been an Artist/Clinician for the Ludwig Drum Company since 1999. As a jazz educator, he is one of the judge/educators for the annual Purdue Jazz Festival. He has also been a regular clinician at the Pendleton Heights Jazz competition.
As an educator Gene is involved with several community programs. Gene recently sat on the Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation/Indy Jazz Fest. He served as president and education chairperson. Gene 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 important teachers have been Daryl Horton, Jay Cummings, John Clodfelder, and John Von Ohlen. His 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…