Foster The People drummer Mark Pontius retires from band to channel energy into family life

Mark Pontius of the band Foster the People is putting down his drumsticks for the time being.

The 37-year-old drummer announced on Wednesday that he was leaving the band, effective immediately.

In a lengthy and thoughtful post he shared with the group’s 567,000 Instagram followers and 905,000 Twitter followers, Pontius noted that he was ‘closing out’ a ‘huge chapter’ of his life.

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Retirement: Mark Pontius of the band Foster the People is putting down his drumsticks 

The music collective was formed 11 years ago and the members recently celebrated the 10 year anniversary of their first album.

‘I’ll just rip off the band-aid and say that I’ve decided to leave the band I helped start 11 years ago, Foster the People,’ he began in the post.

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‘As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of our first record Torches, I’ve been flooded with memories of sudden success, achieving all of my career aspirations in a few short years and the beautiful moments spent with my brothers in the band. What a privilege it all was, I’m eternally grateful for all of it,’ he continued.  

Announcement: The 37-year-old drummer announced on Wednesday that he was leaving the band, effective immediately

When citing his reason for departure, the musician pointed to growth and wanting to spend more time with his family.

‘I’ve had a lot of time to myself to reflect on what truly matters. Among those things, I became a father to a now 2-year-old daughter who has really changed the way I feel about living my life on tour,’ Pontius explained. 

‘I find myself drawn to things closer to home. I’ve seen the world (a couple of times) and I really checked everything off my career bucket list. Now my aspirations are more about hanging out there in nature and watching my child grow up,’ the father-of-one continued.

Departure: In a lengthy and thoughtful post he shared with the group’s 567,000 Instagram followers and 905,000 Twitter followers that he was ‘closing out’ a ‘huge chapter’

Adding to the manifesto he stated, ‘These last 2 years have been about closing out huge chapters in my life and after a lot of back and forth, I’ve accepted that I’m ready for this one to close as well. I’m saying goodbye and moving on as of today.’

The rock star called his former bandmates ‘family forever’ and said ‘I’m sure we will work together again one day.’

He closed out his thoughts: ‘As for me, I’ve got a few ideas for the future but I’m just going to take it one day at a time for now. 

‘Thank you to everyone who supported the band over the years, I love you.’ 

Saying goodbye: ‘I’ll just rip off the band-aid and say that I’ve decided to leave the band I helped start 11 years ago, Foster the People,’ he began in the post

Foster the People saw huge commercial success with their 2010 hit Pumped Up Kicks.

The musicians, hailing from Los Angeles, went on to release three full-length albums and receive three Grammy nominations. 

Last month Pontius shared images of his daughter and himself to Instagram and captioned them, ‘Sunny shine.’ 

Family man: When citing his reason for departure the musician pointed to growth and wanting to spend more time with his family; a photo of Pontius’ daughter shared in September