A Manxman by birth, Mark learnt to play tenor horn in the school band before progressing to Douglas Town Band and the Manx National Youth Band. He joined the Yorkshire Imperial Band in 1973 whilst at Leeds University, and was to remain a member of the horn section until 1984 when promotion took him to London. During his eleven years at Imps the band were National Champions in 1978, British Open Champions in 1981 and Yorkshire Area Champions on no less than six occasions.
Whilst in London, Mark played first baritone with the Aveley Band and conducted the Medway Band. He enjoyed significant success as a conductor taking Medway from second to championship section in four years.
On his return to Yorkshire in 1990 he became musical director of the Lockwood Band, leading the band to victory in the Yorkshire first section area and a top six place in the National Championships.
Professional commitments put an end to his work with brass bands for many years. Mark returned to banding in 2010, playing Euphonium in Drighlington Band. He rejoined Imps on Eb bass in 2013.
His favourite brass band pieces are Pageantry by Herbert Howells and Cloudcatcher Fells by McCabe.
Janie began her musical journey at the age of 5 on piano. She completed all her grades and diploma by the age of 16 then took up a career in nursing. Now seeing a return to music as a mature student at Salford University, and following on from a long family history of brass banding, decided on the tuba as her instrument of choice. She just loves the sonority and deep tones from this unfeminine yet sexy beast. She has been playing tuba for 6 years, and in that time has had the privilege of playing with some great championship bands. Thoresby Colliery and more recently City of Bradford. The highlight of her brass banding experience so far has been playing at the Royal Albert Hall in the National Finals. She has been lucky enough to have some fine tutors along her pathway, including Joe Cook and Phil Goodwin. She is currently under the guidance of Les Neish as an undergraduate at Salford University and hopes to continue her studies here after completion of her degree, and end her career in teaching music.