Uptown Mug #79 . Greg Marks

Sometimes we find a person who, though generally they don’t put themselves in the spotlight, they are most deserving. Greg Marks is just that. You most likely have seen him, as he is one of our most sharp dressed men. Or perhaps, you’ve heard him, as there are times when we are lucky to enjoy the sweet, sultry sounds his sax echoing through our city streets. Definitely, he is a mainstay uptown, and is most appreciated and worthy of some unsolicited attention.

Greg is a Registered Music Teacher (member of New Brunswick Registered Music Teachers’ Association). He conscientiously audio and video records all private lessons, for the peace-of-mind of parents and students.  He also offers a discount on instrument repair services to members of the New Brunswick Musicians’ Association (AFM Local 815), and to his students.  Greg is President of the New Brunswick Musicians’ Association (AFM Local 815 – nbmusicians.com – whose office is at 82 Germain St., representing professional musicians throughout New Brunswick) and Sergeant-At-Arms of the Saint John District Labour Council (representing unionized workers in Southern NB).

Greg is currently taking new students and would love to answer your questions regarding his music lessons and services. If you would like to know more, please see his contact information at the end of this post.


Let’s get to know this mysterious man behind the music.


Where were you born/Where are you from?

I was born in the Saint John General Hospital, and grew up in St. Martins.

How long have you been a part of the uptown scene?

I moved to Coburg Street in the summer of 1997 – I was working for NBTel at the time – but didn’t start operating my business from this location until the fall of 2000.

Name one or two people who you look to for inspiration?

Although I only get to drop by rarely, Anne McShane (Feel Good Store) is a perpetual inspiration, not simply because of her delightfully positive attitude, but because she manages to maintain this attitude without willfully disregarding the “negatives” that so many other “positive people” I’ve met would prefer to ignore. She doesn’t just look for the positive in people and situations; she sows and reaps it. Many people try to make lemonade from lemons; Anne plants the lemon seeds, too.

I’ve also drawn inspiration from the strength and creativity of Sarah Jones (Jones Gallery). As an artist, she reinvents herself regularly, but always remains true to her passion. She knows her worth, and chooses not to compromise her vision or value in the pursuit of success, but still remains engaging and connected to her family and her supporters.

What is your worst habit?

I’m something of a hermit! I rarely seem to get out to enjoy all that Saint John has to offer.

What is your Uptown Insider Tip?

There are some wonderful small businesses north of the City Market! Loyalist City Coin, Heroes’ Beacon, Waterton’s Barber & Hair Styling, The Second Shop, Saint John Tool Library, Fluid Audio, ESL Art Supplies, Dave Shoots Bookseller… this area may look a little downtrodden, but it is on the verge of a renaissance!

Contact information:

Greg Marks, B.A. Mus, B.C.S., R.M.T.

Proprietor, Culture Of One Music Services
(506) 693-9279
Twitter: @CultureOfOne