Musical Director

Mark Brown

Mark BrownMark is a double graduate of the New South Wales State Conservatorium, having gained both a Bachelor of Music (Honours) in Trombone Performance (1996) and a Certificate of Piano Tuning and Technology (1982).  He has studied trombone with Arthur Hubbard and Ron Prussing and conducting with Henryk Pisarek.

In 1994 Mark was awarded the Bellhouse Memorial Conducting Scholarship and in 1995 was selected for the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor in Training program under Maestro Henryk Pisarek.  During this time he was also assistant conductor to Steve Williams with the Conservatorium Wind Orchestra.  He later travelled to the Czech Republic and attended the Symphonic Workshops International School for Conducting studying under Maestros Kirk Trevor, Tsung Ye and Johanes Schafli.

Mark has also been the Musical Director of numerous ensembles including: Director, Large Band Program St Patrick’s College, Sutherland (1999-2005),  Director, Stage Band, Sydney Technical High School (2000-2005), Director of Music, Sutherland Shire Brass (2001-2004), Conductor, Concert Bands, Port Hacking High School (2003-2005).  He is currently Director of Ensembles at Manly Selective Campus, Musical Director of Bands at SCEGS Darlinghurst, Artistic Director of the Lane Cove Youth Orchestra and the conductor of the Conservatorium High School Wind Sinfonia.

Mark’s also has numerous professional trombone credits as 1st Trombone / Euphonium for the 2011 Sydney season of Mary Poppins at the Capitol Theatre; The Phantom of the Opera; Les Miserables; Beauty and the Beast; Miss Saigon; Crazy for You; My Fair Lady; The Merry Widow and The Mikado.  Mark has also performed with Sydney Symphony; Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra; English National Ballet; Sydney Philharmonia; N.S.W. Police Band; in Michael Crawford’s Australian Tour; with Tommy Tycho; the Ed Wilson Big Band and on several international P & O international cruises and club gigs backing variety artists and rock bands.

Mark is happily married to Dominique, a professional violinist, and has two beautiful children, Max and Sophie. In his spare time he likes to muck about in boats.