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Brass Band Aid and 'The Big Blow 2007'
The photo above shows the solo cornet row including Richard Marshall, Mark Wilkinson (Fodens) and Ian Porthouse (conductor of Pennine Brass, former principal cornet with Black Dyke and Yorkshire Building Society); at the right edge of the photo (in a green shirt) is Stephen Wilkinson ( Brighouse & Rastrick).
Solo Cornets: Richard Marshall (Black Dyke), Ian Porthouse (free lance, ex-Black Dyke, YBS), Mark Wilkinson (Fodens), Steven Wilkinson (Brighouse and Rastrick)
Soloists from Foden's Band | Sandbach Concert Series
Featuring Mark Wilkinson & Glyn Williams
Mark started playing the cornet aged 6 with the Ellenbrook and Boothstown Band before joining the Walkden Band.
When Mark was 13 he joined the Besses Boys Band on principal cornet where he stayed until he was 18.
During this time Mark
was appointed principal cornet with the 'National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain.' After leaving Besses Boys Mark moved to Wingates on principal cornet where he
stayed for 2 enjoyable years.
In 1992 Mark
accepted Howard Snell's offer to become principal cornet with the Britannia Building Society Band (now Foden's) a position he
still holds to date.
Since 1992 Mark
has been privileged to win every major title with Foden's
including the British Open, National Finals, European Championships, Swiss, French and American Opens as well as numerous victories at the All England Masters Contest, Area Contest and Brass in Concert entertainment competitions.
Mark enjoyed 3 years as the cornet tutor with the 'National Children's Brass Band of Great Britain' and has been an entrance examiner and cornet tutor with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain since 2000.
Mark was a founder member of the 'Northern Ireland Armagh Summer School' and has appeared as a cornet tutor with the 'National Youth Brass Band of Wales' and 'National Youth Band of Switzerland'.
In 2010 Mark
was appointed as 'Visiting Cornet Tutor' at the Royal Northern College of Music
, Cornet Tutor at the 'University of Salford' and Cornet/Trumpet Tutor at the 'Manchester Metropolitan University'
Mark is in demand on various Summer Schools as a Cornet tutor and has appeared on the 'Brass Band Summer School' as well as being the current cornet tutor on the 'Bromsgrove Summer School.'
is regarded as one of the leading cornet players of his
generation being in demand in this country and abroad as a cornet soloist, teacher, clinician, adjudicator as well as having a number of solo recording to his
In 2009 Mark
was voted by the banding public as the '2009 4barsrest Player of the Year'.
is a fully credited 'Member of ABBA'.
(Association of Brass Band Adjudicators).
Becca Charters | Otterbourne Brass
Best playing moment - Being complimented by Alex Kerwin (Black Dyke) and winning an award at the 2011 Masterclass, Auditioning for NCBBGB and playing to Mark Wilkinson (principal of Fodens Band), Proud of playing my solo with Otterbourne at all 3 Xmas concerts in 2011and getting my distinction at Grade V. More to follow !!
Mereside Brass will be keeping an eye out for the officers of the law this weekend with the help of Foden's Mark Wilkinson.
The players of Mereside Brass will be congregating at Greater Manchester Police's Sedgely Park facility this Friday for a weekend workshop.
The band is looking to make it's first contest appearance this season and is using the event to improve all aspects of their performance.
The highlight is the Sunday workshop lead by Mark Wilkinson and his colleagues from Fodens.
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