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Gemma Buckenham – NYJO Jazz Ensemble MD

June 13, 2013 by Stephen  

Gemma is a trumpet player and music educator. Hailing from Lincoln, she was inspired to start learning the trumpet as a child after seeing NYJO perform. Gemma has worked in the U.K and internationally with many pop artists including Marc Almond, Roy Wood, Cyndi Lauper and Gloria Estefan. She has performed in musicals and theatre [...]

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Mark Armstrong

August 3, 2012 by admin  

Mark Armstrong was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and studied at Oxford University and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London.

Re-appointed as the Artistic and Music Director for NYJO in 2012, Mark had taken the rehearsals and written for the band for many years – before that Mark was a member of the NYJO’s trumpet section. He believes that he is the second longest serving NYJO1 person after Bill Ashton – and may well be right…

As a composer and arranger he has written extensively for big band and is a former winner of the BBC Big Band Competition arranging prize. Additionally, he composes and arranges for a variety of forces from small jazz ensemble to full orchestra and many of his works have been recorded by the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

As a performer, he was nominated in the best trumpet category of the 2007 Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Awards and he performs regularly with the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra and in small groups with Stan Tracey, Clark Tracey and many others in the UK and further afield. He also has a busy career as a freelance player in London.

Mark Armstrong is Jazz Professor at the Royal College of Music in London and works as a moderator, trainer and examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

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Paul Eshelby – NYJO Academy Big Band MD

August 3, 2012 by admin  

Paul was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire. He joined the BBC Scottish Radio Orchestra at the age of twenty under the musical direction of Brian Fahey. Paul was a featured soloist both on radio and television recording for Scottish and national audiences. In 1980 he moved to London where he joined the BBC Radio Orchestra [...]

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Steve Titchener

April 17, 2010 by admin  

I have been involved with NYJO since 1978, firstly as a trumpet player, then as a composer/arranger (writing many charts for the band that have been played and recorded over the years) and I have been Assistant Musical Director since 2002. I studied jazz at Leeds College of Music, The Guildhall School Of Music & completed a Masters Degree in jazz composition at The Manhattan School Of Music in New York City. While in New York, I had my own Big Band and was lucky enough to play with some of the best jazz musicians in New York including: Paquito D’Rivera, Tony Kadleck, Bob Mintzer, Chris Potter, Ryan Kisor, Ed Shaughnessy, Lew Soloff, Scott Wendholt to name but a few. On this side of the Atlantic I have played in many shows and bands including The Syd Lawrence Orchestra & Shirley Bassey.

I am currently Head Of Brass & Music Technology at Christ’s Hospital School just outside Horsham in Sussex.

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Tom Stone

March 8, 2010 by admin  

Currently Music Director of the NYJO Nonet, Tom is a saxophone and woodwind player based in London. An alumnus of NYJO1, Tom has composed and arranged many pieces for the band including Return Flight, one of the featured tracks on NYJO’s latest album The Change. Tom’s versatility as a musician has enabled him to play in many different styles and genres, from his own nine piece jazz group, the Tom Stone Nonet, to Rock and Pop bands such as The Maccabees.

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