Mark learnt to play the cornet aged 6 in the Salvation Army. Taught by his father, he played cornet and French Horn, passing Grade 8 in both aged 12. Mark passed his audition and joined the National Youth Brass Band at 15 and the National Youth Orchestra at 16. By now Mark had also passed Grade 8 on the piano and had become an established soloist and accompanist. Aged 18 he left the Salvation Army and took up the position of Principal Cornet with the Yeovil Town Band , a position he held for 10 years. He played as a soloist in France, Germany, Belgium and the UK before standing down in 1988 to take up his first conducting position as MD of Yeovil Town.
Mark continued his Brass Band playing with some of the best bands in the South West, including Sun Life (Bristol) and Bournemouth Concert Band. Mark was also a private music teacher and taught A level music performance and theory at Yeovil College. In 1994 Mark moved to the Midlands and joined Championship Section Band Thorntons Brass on Soprano Cornet. He enjoyed several successful years with Thorntons before playing for Newstead Welfare, Desford and Gresley Colliery on Soprano. In order to develop his conducting career Mark had 2 spells conducting Newhall Band before taking on Amington Band and then Wellington Telford Band.
In recent years Mark has played with several different bands on Solo Tenor Horn before taking up the positions of MD of Cubbington Silver Band in 2014 and MD of Royal Spa Brass in 2017, He is very happy and proud to be part of Occasional Brass.