About Slight Return

Mark Kassa- Guitar/Vocals/Founding Member/Executive Producer/Writer

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Mark Kassa is a Grammy Awards voting member and a multi-award-winning guitarist and producer based in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Musicians Institute Music College  in Hollywood, California and has been named “Guitar Player of the Year” by a UK’s Prestige Awards  Publication for 2023/2024. His band Slight Return®, which he founded in 1995, was named “Band of the Year” for 2022/2023  and Mark has been featured on the cover of the publication  for consecutive years.  He has had over 20 songs on the first round Grammy Awards ballot and 2 songs on the first round Latin Grammy Ballot.  He has produced, written, performed live, and recorded over a dozen Slight Return® albums  with numerous well-known musicians across different genres, including George Clinton (Parliament/Funkadelic) , Billy Cox (Jimi Hendrix), Dennis Coffey (Motown Funk Bros), Peter Keys (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Tony Green (Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre) , Tony Lindsay (11x Grammy Award Winner), Andy Vargas (Santana), legendary drummer Dennis Chambers (P-Funk, Santana, Steely Dan) , Derek St Holmes (Ted Nugent), Norwood Fisher (Fishbone), Juma Sultan (Jimi Hendrix/Woodstock) , Davey Pattison (Robin Trower), Pete Thompson (Robert Plant), Kenny Olson (Kid Rock, Band of Gypsys Returns), Glenn Letsch (Ronnie Montrose) , Lance Lopez (Supersonic Blues Machine/Buddy Miles), Jim McCarty (Buddy Miles Experss/Cactus/Mitch Ryder/The Rockets), Victor Ghannam (National Arab Orchestra), renowned Seattle producers  Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden)  and Chris Hanzsek (Deep Six Album) ,producer  Jim Diamond (Jack White/White Stripes), Henri Brown (Experience Hendrix Tour), The Woodward Horns ,  and others.

Mark is a District Advocate for the Recording Academy (Grammy Awards) representing the State of Michigan and has been a Grammy in the Schools Music and Grammy U Music Mentor several times. He is endorsed by the Shin-ei Univibe Company alongside greats like Eric Johnson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Doyle Bramhall II,  is the co-founder of Axis Music Academy,  has been the featured artist at many seminars and clinics, including a masterclass at the Detroit Institute of Music Education,  and has had 4 songs in the DRT Global Charts. He has been featured in several publications/Television shows  including the Fox 2 Detroit, WWJ Radio, WLLZ Radio, WCSX Radio, Las Vegas-Unphiltered Radio, The Mitch Albom Show, UK‘s Prestige Awards , The Jimi Hendrix Management Institute, Blabbermouth.net, Billboard’s Grammy Preview Edition, Dbusiness Magazine, The Aluminator, Metal Shock (Finland), SF Bands,  The Chaldean News, The Bottom Line and more.  His music has been highlighted  in several pro sports arenas/radio and tv  programs including “France’s Got Talent”, the “Go Big Show”, the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Tigers and University of Detroit.

Mark’s band Slight Return® has  played live shows with many national acts, including CCR, Tesla, Grand Funk Railroad, Gin Blossoms, Robin Trower, Huey Lewis, Queensryche, The Rockets, John Waite, Sponge, George Clinton, Morris Day and the Time, Derek St Holmes, Bumblefoot, Mitch Ryder, Sponge, Eddie Money, Rare Earth and others  at venues such as The Pine Knob Music Amphitheater, Freedom Hill Amphitheater, Sound Board Theater, Jimmy John’s Stadium, Newport Music Hall, Kalamazoo State Theater, The Laz-Y-Boy Theater, Henry Ford Museum, Orbit Room, Lexington Theater, Comcast Concert TV, The Mitch Albom Show, Motor City Casino, MGM Casino, DePaul University, Michael Guido Theater,  and numerous festivals.

Mark has leadership skills and has been the musical director and house band for the “For Love of Buddy Miles” (19 musician) concert that featured top national touring musicians including Derek St Holmes, Peter Keys, Kenny Olson, Tony Lindsay, Juma Sultan, Henri Brown, Jim McCarty, Dennis Chambers  and a host of others along with a 4pc horn section.  He was also the music director and house band for Tucker Carlson’s Michigan appearance at Jimmy John’s Stadium,  the Associated Food Dealers, the Chaldean Festival, the DMAN Foundation and America’s Safety First.

He is the Chairman of the Advisory Board for Middle Eastern America Television (MEA TV) , The Healing Arts of the Little Flower and is an Executive Board Member of the DMAN Foundation, Salute Our Warriors, America Safety First,  Folktellers Studios ,  Creek Music Group,  and  is a Fellow for the Royal Society of Arts in London, UK.   His past leadership roles include:  Board Member of the Chaldean Chamber of Commerce, Music Director for the Associated Food Dealers of Michigan, and Chairman of the Chaldean Festival. He is also the creator, writer and host of his TV Show “Welcome to the D”,  and owns Federally  Registered Trademarks in 14 categories with a full line of music and apparel attached to the brands.

Mark is  extensively involved in charitable work and philanthropy and has volunteered and donated  his time and financial support to many charitable including: The DMAN Foundation, Fallen & Wounded Soldiers Fund, Grace Centers of Hope for Women and Children, United Youth 2000, St. Dominic’s, St. Aloysius, St. Fabian, Chaldean Ladies of Charity, Adopt a Refugee, Walk for the Cure, Forgotten Harvest, High Five Turkey Drive, Relay for Life, Horace Sheffield III – Sheffield Food Pantry- Detroit, MI, St. Vincent De Paul, Detroit Catholic Central, The Kim Center, Cass Community Services, Fraternite De Notre Dame, Michigan Animal Welfare Foundation, United Youth 2000,  and many others.


Music Samples as guitarist/writer/producer/performer/arranger


Professional Link http://slightreturn.com/

Professional Link 2 https://www.linkedin.com/in/markkassa/

Professional Link 3 https://www.youtube.com/@SlightReturnUSA

Fox News Interview with Charlie Langton https://www.fox2detroit.com/video/1412987

Welcome to the D® TV Show Interview with Mark Farner from Grand Funk Railroad https://youtu.be/_vciu4bD6qI

Welcome to the D interview as featured on Blabbermouth.net – the number 1 metal site in the world https://blabbermouth.net/news/accept-interviewed-on-welcome-to-the-d-tv-video

Official Merchandise for all trademarks http://welcometothed.com/


Detroit Background

Read Mark’s My Memories in “The D”

Born at Detroit Memorial Hospital.

Family business burned down during the 1967 riots.  Rebuilt the business despite being advised not to, because we believed in the city.  Father worked on the assembly line at Chrysler during the rebuild.

Worked for over 30 years in the family business at the corner of Linwood and Davison on the west side of Detroit.  Family has been doing business in Detroit since the 1930’s.

Attended Wayne State University in Detroit.

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George Clinton (Parliament/Funkadelic) and Mark Kassa



#2023 grammy awards

Marilyn and Mark Kassa- Grammy Awards Red Carpet

Prestige Awards Guitar Player of the Year Mark Kassa
Prestige Awards- Mark Kassa cover
Slight Return® Band of the Year
Mark Kassa- Guitar Player of the Year for the Midwest USA


Slight Return® Woodstock set feat. Tony Lindsay, Derek St Holmes and Juma Sultan Produced by Mark Kassa


Mark Kassa Producing tracks with George Clinton


Mark Kassa and DMAN All Star Eric Thomas- “Mr Inspire”


Andy Vargas (Santana), legendary Dennis Chambers, Mark Kassa, Slight Return
Andy Vargas (Santana vocalist) and Mark Kassa
Mark and Marilyn Kassa Grammy Awards


Mark Kassa DIME Music Colleger Masterclass
Stewart Copeland from the Police and Mark Kassa
Mark Kassa and Christone Kingfish Ingram
Mark Kassa and Bobby Rush
Mark Kassa and Carlos Santana
Danny Carey Drummer for  Tool and Mark Kassa


Mark Kassa and George Lopez
Mark Kassa and Buddy Guy


Mark and Marilyn Kassa with Carlos Santana
Ziggy Marley and Mark Kassa
Lzzy Hale from Halestorm and Mark Kassa
Mark Kassa with Josh and Jake Kiszka from the Greta Van Fleet Band
shin ei endorsers kenny wayne shepherd, eric johnson, doyle bramhall ii, mark kassa


Mark Kass and boxing world champion Tommy Hearns
Billy Cox from Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys and Mark Kassa in the studio recording in Nashville


Welcome to the D® Show – Mark Kassa covering the North American International Auto Show for MEA Television
Motown Funk Brother Dennis Coffey and Mark Kassa


Mark Kassa speaking at mca recording academy event at the Chicago Chapter
Vicious Tides MI5/Universal Music Group release feat. Andy Vargas and Mark Kassa on the cover
George Clinton taking selfie with Mark Kassa
Mark Kassa at DePaul University Woodstock at 50 Event
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Mark Kassa
mark kassa and sonny sandoval from P.O.D.
Mark Kassa and Kem at the 2017 Grammy Awards
Mark Kassa and Isham Bihnam Provincial leader of Qaraqosh/Al-Hamdaniya in Iraq
Mark Kassa playing at the Folktellers Hero’s Journey Concert
Mark Kassa recoding at Sound House Studio in Seattle, WA with legendary producer Jack Endino
Mark Kassa representing the State of Michigan on District Advocate Day for the Recording Academy (Grammys) with Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence
Slight Return Motor City Muscle Festival
Tony Lindsay-11x Grammy Award Winner  and Mark Kassa Live
Charlie Langton Fox 2 Interview with Mark Kassa

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