Sellers International Youth Band:
With thanks to Carol Smith
In May 1998 about 20 kids met in the Sellers Band room for the
first rehearsal of the Sellers International Youth Band, some of
the youngsters had never even held and instrument before let alone
played one. The first public appearance of the Youth Band was Xmas
1998 with the Sellers International Band at Dewsbury Town Hall.
After that first nerve-racking performance they have gone from
strength to strength, performing for charity and raising in the
region of £12,000 over the last four years. The enthusiasm
of the kids is fantastic and the rehearsals are very enjoyable with
Mark at the helm. The first competition played in was November 2001
when the band came away with first prize for stand up soloist and
fourth prize overall. This year was very different after first place
overall and the best hymn tune at the Youth in Brass Competition
held this weekend at Linthwaite Methodist Church.
With only an average age of 13, the youngest 7 and the oldest 17,
we think it is quite amazing that such a young band has come so
far in such a short time.
We are very proud of each and every one of them.
MUSICAL DIRECTOR AND CONDUCTOR
Born in 1976, Burton on Trent, Staffs, Mark is the principal Euphonium
player of the Sellers International Band. Between 1994 and 1999
he studied the Euphonium with Steven Mead at the Royal Northern
College of Music in Manchester, gaining an honours degree and a
Professional Performance Diploma.
Mark has been a semi-finalist in the BBC TV and Radio 2 Young Musicians
Competition. In 2000 he was awarded 2nd place at the Bromsgrove
Festivals International Young Musicians Competition, won the wind
section of the Tonbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists
Competition and was a semi- finalist in the Leonard Falcone International
Euphonium Competition held in Michigan, USA. In 2001, Mark was awarded
3rd place at the British Open Solo Championships for brass instruments.
Mark has given solo performances in many venues, including the
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and the Purcell Room in London.
Mark joined Sellers International Band in 1996. He is employed
as a full time music teacher at Glossopdale Community College in
Mark joined the Youth Band in May and we have some big ambitions
now for the Youth Band and we hope Mark will take us far.