New Principle at Silk

Discussion in 'Bandroom News - User Submitted' started by Anthony (Scooby) Longden, Apr 28, 2008.

  1. Silk Brass (AstraZeneca) are pleased to announce that Mark Davies has joined them as their new Principal Cornet player.

    Mark is a well-known and popular player on the Cheshire banding scene. He started playing the cornet at school, way back in 1974, and since then he has developed into a great bandsman and renowned soloist. During his 34-year playing career he has played with such famous banding names as Fodens, United Co-op Crewe and Roberts Bakery.

    Jim Cant, Silk’s conductor said “I am delighted to welcome Mark to the band. He is a very talented player and I look forward to working with him as the Band continues to improve and looks for new challenges.”

    Commenting on his appointment Mark added, “I’m very happy to join Silk Brass. Banding is in my blood and it’s lovely to be involved with such a great bunch of people that have the same philosophy as mine – give your playing all you can, but have a good time as well. Also Jim is a very talented and generous conductor who makes a principal’s job very rewarding. I’m looking forward to a very long and happy time with Silk.”

    Mark hasn’t rested on his laurels since he joined the band and he’s already on his feet playing the beautiful solo arrangement of Barbra Streisand’s hit People, which he is to record with the Band for the BBC Radio 2 programme Listen to the Band.

    The position of Principal Cornet became vacant when Silk’s previous Principal Cornet player, Carl Gratty decided to take a break from banding due to the pressures of work and family commitments. Carl had led the band for four very successful years and he leaves the Band on a very stable footing. Bob Goodwin, Silk’s Bandmaster said “we are all disappointed that Carl has decided to hang up his mouthpiece, he has contributed greatly to the Band’s success over recent years and has made great progress as a soloist, but we all know what a commitment it is to play in a brass band and we wish him all the best in the future. It’s good to know that he won’t be stranger and he’ll be coming back to play with us whenever he can.”

    If you’d like to read more about Mark’s playing career or what Silk Brass are up to, visit their new look website at