Musical Director

  • Mark Probert
    Mark Probert

    Mark studied music at the Royal College of Music, completing Masters in Advanced Performance and BMus Degree. Whilst at the RCM, Mark gained experience as a conductor under the tutelage of Patrick Bailey and Neil Thompson, and led Zone One Brass at a number of prestigious performances, including for the annual visit of the RCM’s President, HRH Prince Charles.

    Mark also served as a deputy MD for Zone One and deputised for a number of other brass bands including Regent Brass, Fulham Brass and Witney Town Band, taking Fulham Brass at the Whit Friday March Contests in 2015. He was also recently appointed conductor for the Oxfordshire County Youth Wind Band and serves as an instrumental teacher for the Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra.

    In addition to his conducting credentials, Mark has enjoyed success as a bass player, currently registered with the GUS Virtuosi Band, performing with them earlier this year when they won the All England International Masters Contest. Mark has also enjoyed appearances with other leading bands including Cory, Grimethorpe and Woodfalls.

    Whilst at the RCM, Mark was a founding member of Zone One Brass, and held the position of Band Manager until December 2015. During this time Zone One enjoyed success, winning the Champion Band of London and Southern Counties Champion title in 2012 and qualifying for the National Brass Band Finals at the Royal Albert Hall four times.

Brackley and District Band - Musical Director

Featured Player

  • Nick Wilson
    Nick Wilson

    started playing when a family friend let me have a go on his trumpet each time I went to visit.

    The sound and also the fact I was the only one at school playing it at the time meant playing the trumpet presented itself as much more of an exciting opportunity than the piano which I was also playing at the time.

    in 1st Baritone