2017 All England Masters International Champions
Mark and Teddy Bentham with the All England Masters International Trophy
(courtesy of 4barsrest.com)
Mark hails from the North East of England, but now lives in Wakefield and teaches music at Holmfirth High School. He studied music at Huddersfield University, specialising in performance and composition. Mark has had many successful years as a player with Black Dyke Mills, Leyland, and most recently, Brighouse & Rastrick.
He became the youngest conductor to appear at the All England Masters in Cambridge at the age of 22 when directing the Ever Ready Band. In 1999 he became MD with Drighlington Band, near Leeds, achieving immediate success in taking the band through to the finals of the National Brass Band Championships.
For 7 years he was the Musical Director of the Hepworth Band, directing them in 2004 when they were crowned Saddleworth Whit Friday Champions. He also conducted the winning performance at the Scottish Open in 2004 and the Grand Shield in 2005 as well as conducting the band as runners up at the Yorkshire Area in 2007 and at the English Nationals in 2007.
Mark took over the position of musical director of the Pemberton Old Wigan DW Band in July 2008. The Pemberton band has since had notable successes including qualifying for the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall in 2009 and 2011.
In 2013 Mark accepted the position of resident conductor with the Grimethorpe Colliery band, and in late 2014, accepted the position of MD of Milnrow Band, after success at The Rochdale Contest and several excellent concerts.
The Milnrow band has since had many successes under Mark's direction, including qualifying for the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall in 2017 and becoming All England International Masters Brass Band champions also in 2017.