HIGHLAND PARK – This year marks the 30th year anniversary of the well known and popular North Shore rock band Dr. Mark and the Sutures. Their World Tour will begin at their Annual Highland Park Concert on Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. in downtown Highland Park.
This band formed as a lark in 1987 for a neighborhood party performs only for charities, benefits, service organizations, and community events for no remuneration.
The band is made up of North Shore physicians and businessmen who have music as their hobby. Dr. Mark’s (Hill) son, Dr. Adam Hill, has played guitar with the band since he was 7 years old, but now is a Professor at the University of Derby, England.
Shortly after the more or less formal formation of the band, they were interviewed on TV by Janet Davies (ABC) and FOX (Amy Scott), as well as many radio stations and newspaper articles written about them.
They have performed for innumerable fundraisers and benefits over these three decades for organizations such as the American Cancer Association, Misericordia, American Heart Association, to name but a few. The band twice a year performs at Misericordia, as Dr. Mark has a child who resides there.
The band has also performed and organized multiple community fundraisers for the Tsunami Relief, Hurricane Rita and Katrina, and Haiti earthquake.
Moreover, the band organized, hosted and coordinated (as well as performed) Warriors and Art-a first time national initiative displaying therapeutic veterans art which benefits the veterans and pays tribute to them. Dr. Hill was an Ensign, US Navy.
In addition, each year at their Annual Summer Concert in Highland Park, the band always pays tribute to outstanding community members recognizing their service and accomplishments.
Dr. Mark and the Sutures have performed at venues including Allstate Arena, Ravinia Festival, Taste of Chicago, Country Thunder to name but a few. They have opened for such national celebrities including Tim McGraw, Randy Travis and Martina McBride. The late Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Victor Aitay played with the band during their Annual Highland Park concert for two years, and was dubbed by the media as the “Rock and Roll Concertmaster”.
Dr. Mark and the Sutures have received two Mayoral Proclamations from Highland Park, including Keys to the City and a Named Day in honor of the band. In addition, they received a Mayoral Proclamation, Keys to the City, and a Named Day from the City of Galena, where Dr. Mark has a country home there, and have played similarly for multiple community benefits and fundraisers, as well as the Annual Fourth of July Celebration and began the Annual Labor Day “Twist and Shout in Galena”.
Incidentally, the World Tour begins and ends in Highland Park.