Mark Armstrong – Artistic and Music Director NYJO

Mark Armstrong – Artistic and Music Director NYJOMark 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.