EEb Bass – Mark Bray
Mark’s first love at the tender age of 6 was the tenor horn with Carharrack & St.Day band in 1977, where after 6 months he then moved for the first time to Lanner & District Silver Band under the direction of Ken Hamlod and then Jim Richards.
A move to the Championship section or first section as it was known back in the mid 80’s saw him join Redruth Town Band under MD Leonard Adams on solo horn. Following Mr Adams in 1988 Mark then moved to Bodmin Town Band still on tenor horn where he met his wife Elaine who currently plays 2nd horn with Lanner.
After moving onto baritone for a short period and then onto Euphonium with Bodmin Mark enjoyed playing under some great conductors like Leonard Adams, Howard Taylor, Major Peter Parkes, Prof. Nicholas Childs, Richard Evans, Derek Broadbent, Derek Greenwood, Philip Harper, Russell Gray and Andrew Duncan to name but a few where he gained some valuable experience over the years. Some memorable highlights for Mark were appearing at the Royal Albert Hall in the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain on 6 occasions, Numerous appearances at the Grand Shield and England Masters contests, not to mention taking part in prestigious concerts in Norway and Holland.
Other bands that Mark had many good playing adventures with were Mount Charles and Camborne Town. Mark made the move back to his roots with Lanner band in 2013 and from Euphonium to EEb bass in 2016 and is loving every minute of it. During the day Mark works at one of the country’s top music shops, Trevada Music.