Mark Bryan in the community

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Mark Bryan in the community

Bryan is active in the community by playing shows and teaching at The College.

Bryan is active in the community by playing shows and teaching at The College.

Jade Eager

Bryan is active in the community by playing shows and teaching at The College.

Jade Eager

Jade Eager

Bryan is active in the community by playing shows and teaching at The College.

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Mark Bryan: guitarist of the critically acclaimed band, Hootie and the Blowfish. What do you think when you hear that name? Rockstar? Unreachable maybe? Regardless of what your perceptions of him are, it’s undeniable that he makes an impact on our community.

Bryan is a teacher at college of Charleston, he lives in the area, goes to local events and gathering such as Awendaw Green, but most importantly, he supports local artists.
“It is so important to get out and play. That’s why I like Awendaw Green so much. It gives young bands a chance to come and play in front of people. Any chance you get, play. You get better at what you do and you can let people hear you more” Bryan explained.

Bryan is managing a local band from Charleston called “Stop Light Observations,” and their album just came out a few weeks ago. This is just one way he has helped our locals.

Bryan loves working at the College of Charleston to help young artists.

“I’m going into my sixth or seventh year actually…I enjoy it very much.”
Bryan teaches the class “Introduction to the Music Industry” at the College. He gives his students a legitimate look into what it takes to make it big in the industry- not just for performing, but producing and managing too.

Bryan admitted to coming out to Awendaw Green usually once a year. He actually jumped up on stage with two other local artists, Doug Jones and Clay Melvin from “Craven Melon” while they were performing during the night and sang the song “Sweet Tea”.

“I knew that song, and the harmony part, so I thought it would add to it. It’s fun to sing that part” said Bryan

Overall, Bryan displays his down to Earth personality everywhere he goes. He’s just regular guy just like the rest of us. Just trying to be a good person, have some fun and make a difference in our community.

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