in Bonn in 1961, Markus discovered his love for the guitar at the age of 16.
After getting started in classical music, he quickly moved to folk music and
choir accompaniment, where he often held center stage alone as the only accompanist.
Occassional appearances with various "easy listening" bands quickly increased
his repertoire. He was the rhythm guitarist for a folk and gospel group during
a three-year period of service with the German military in the USA.
After his return to Germany he founded his own folk group in Bonn's American community.
His entry into old-time jazz music began in 1990 when he joined the Bonn band the "Chicago Footwarmers." He had already brought the foundation for this with him from the USA. Markus has often accompanied many international jazz musicians. They include Ian Date (g) Australia, Jim Goodwin (tr) USA, Dan Barret (tb) USA und Tom Baker (sax) USA.