Cornet Tutor / On-course Administrator
Mark started playing the cornet aged 6 with the Ellienbrook and Boothstown Band before joining the Walkden Band. When Mark was 13 he joined the Besses Boys Band on principal cornet where he stayed until he was 18. During this time Mark was appointed principal cornet with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain. In 1992 Mark accepted Howard
Snell’s offer to become principal cornet with the Britannia Building Society Band (now Foden’s) a position he still holds to date. Since 1992 Mark has been privileged to win every major title with Foden’s including the British Open, National Finals, European Championships, Swiss, French and American Opens as well as numerous victories at the All England Masters Contest, the North West Area Contest and Brass in Concert entertainment competitions.
Mark enjoyed 3 years as the cornet tutor with the National Children’s Band of Great Britain and has been an entrance examiner and cornet tutor with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain since 2000. In 201 0 Mark became ‘Visiting Cornet Tutor’ at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and has recently been appointed Cornet Tutor at the University of Salford. In 2009 Mark was voted by the banding public as the ‘2009 4barsrest Player of the Year’. Mark is an ‘Associate Member of ABBA’. (Association of Brass Band Adjudicators).