Marek's mother was extremely musical and an accomplished pianist. Music was always in the home. Although he never had any musical training, this engendered in Marek a love and appreciation of all forms of music. He could not resist the opportunity of performing.

The first skiffle session In the mid 1950s skiffle took over the London musical scene and Marek was not going to miss out. On a borrowed guitar, sometimes a banjo, he learned three chords and from that his musical interest developed.
Jurek Dergiman, Marek and Tadek Topolewicz
Skiffling on holiday in Stella Plage Together with three his friends a skiffle group, "The Polecats", was formed and even sometimes performed. There is a rumour that a unique recording on 78rpm hard disc featuring Marek singing "It Takes a Worried Man" still exists in someones attic! The term "hard disc" had a different meaning in those days.
Marek, Jan Szymanski and Tadek Topolewicz
Part of Tony Russell Quartet A musical quantum leap occurred when he was asked to join a jazz band. He was forced to learn many more chords and to play in different keys. Mind and finger boggling torture. The Tony Russell Quartet lead by Iwo Zaluski (pianist) consisted of piano, guitar, bass and drums and played mainly at private functions in and around London.

Incidentally, the guitar that features on these pictures still exists and now hangs proudly in Marek's house.

Marek with Roy Dale on bass

In the early sixties Iwo and Marek amalgamated with part of another band changing the line up to piano, sax, guitar and drums and started playing at dances and balls organised by the Polish community. But the sweet swinging swing and Latin American club music no longer satisfied the teenagers on the dance floor. The Sixties had arrived and bands without rock and beat music were no longer in much demand. Attempts were made at playing rock with the present line up but it was realy an apology. The style and line up had to change.

Jozek (Joe) Tarasiuk, a keyboard player, joined Iwo and Marek and added a new dimension to the band and together with drummer, Stan Koralewicz, a new sound was born. "Domino" was formed. Iwo abandoned the piano for a bass guitar and the group performed their versions of current hits. Playing at clubs and dance halls they gathered an appreciative following both from their own generation as well as from the older generation by their interpretation of all types of music. These were the "Swinging Sixties" and Domino's heyday when LSD still had two meanings. Domino continued playing in this line up until 1973 when both Iwo and Marek decided to pursue more seriously their respective professions of teaching and architecture. Domino was disbanded. Stan, Joe, Marek and Iwo 1973


Marek's musical involvement continued in a personal way. Just playing at home, for himself, escapism from normal every day family and professional activities. The only fans were himself and Dalton, his dog.

awaiting picture In 1993 Domino got together for the obligatory reunion gig. They played at a charity do for Medical Aid for Poland at Windsor Road Ealing which old fans gathered to dance, sing and listen to four old timers re-living their heyday or was it headyday. The old band played, the old fans raved, the golden oldies were dusted down, all a little worse for wear. But nobody cared. Nostalgia oozed all over with great spirit.

Iwo Zaluski has written a fuller story about the Domino and the Domino era. Click below to see this.