Big Band Coordinator, Health and Safety Manager
A founder member of the BRNC Royal Navy Volunteer Band, Mark is the Principal Clarinetist of the Concert Band and plays Tenor Sax in the Big Band. Mark first learnt to play the Cornet in the Totnes Brass Band. Deciding that a career as a military musician was the way forward, in 1986 he joined the Army (Royal Armoured Corp) and trained at the Army Junior School of Music at Bovington Camp, Dorset. Whilst at the AJSM he decided to leave the “dark side” joining the wind section and opting to take up the Clarinet and Sax. In 1988 he joined the Band of the First Royal Tank Regiment as Principal Clarinetist serving as part of the British Army of the Rhine and travelling extensively across Europe, Canada and seeing active service in the first Gulf War. In 1994 he transferred to the Band of the Royal Lancers as the Principal Clarinetist returning once again to Bovington Camp. Mark is currently employed as the Group Health & Safety Manager for a large retail and leisure company. When not playing with the band or working, he enjoys spending time with family, friends and walking with his dogs. He enjoys attending live music events and festivals and can be frequently spotted bouncing around in a “mosh pit”.