Doctor Octave, known by the pseudonym of Mark L. Tolley, was introduced to the trade of piano technology in 2004 while pursuing a music degree at the University of Alberta. He completed a full apprenticeship under the tutelage of master technician Bruce Hettinger at the U of A over a five-year period until the conclusion of his post-secondary studies in 2009. Mark was further able to master all aspects of piano rebuilding and reconditioning at Don's Piano Place in St. Albert between 2005 and 2007, where he was privileged to learn from a number of well-established professionals in the field of piano technology.
Doctor Octave's Piano Services was officially established in 2005, and has been responsible for the care and maintenance of over 100 pianos in chapels for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout central and northern Alberta and British Columbia since 2007, and has also been engaged professionally with the University of Alberta, Edmonton Public Schools, and in Community Arts programs throughout Edmonton and area.
Mark is well-known for his tenacity and rigorous attention to detail, and he takes great pride in providing professional piano services in both residential and commercial settings and in supporting community arts and music-education programs.