As part of the recent restructuring of their Junior and Youth organisation, the St Dennis Band are pleased to announce Mark Arnold as their new Youth Band Tutor; to work alongside Linda Trethewey in the Band’s Music Academy.
Vastly experienced, Mark played percussion for most of Yorkshire’s Championship Section Bands including Carlton Main, Brighouse & Rastrick, Black Dyke Mills, and for 14 years Grimethorpe Colliery. He also was a member of Grimley Colliery Band in the hit film Brassed Off.
Since turning his hand to conducting, Mark has built a reputation of developing young talent and has enjoyed success after rebuilding St Austell Youth Band and latterly Indian Queens Band.
Mark is no stranger to the St Dennis, assisting on Percussion wherever possible and supporting his wife Emma, who is the Band’s Principal Cornet.
Mark commented, “This is a great opportunity to rebuild St Dennis Youth Band into the formidable entertainment band it was renowned for and deserves to be, bringing fun into brass banding and teaching the brass players of the future.
Whilst Darren Hawken, St Dennis Band Director of Music commented… “I’m pleased that Mark has accepted our invitation to take on the Youth Ensemble. His enthusiasm and drive will no doubt play an important part in the future of our youth players, establishing it as a major force within the organisation and in Cornwall. I look forward to supporting the ensemble greatly from within and developing already established links with the Senior Band.”
Mark will be working closely with Linda Trethewey who is already progressing well with the Junior Ensemble. Youth Ensemble rehearsals currently take place every Thursday 6.30 to 7.30 pm.
If anyone aged 19 or under wishes to express their interest in joining the ensemble, please contact Mark via our website contact form.