Mark Fitzgerald

Mark Fitzgerald began his musical career in 1979 as a cornet player with the Mount Sion Silver Band. Under the guidance of Br. Hillary Devitt and Mr. Liam Walsh, his progression was rapid, culminating in his appointment as Principal Solo Cornet, a position he held until leaving school in 1987.

Mark advanced his cornet / trumpet musicianship through individual tuition, masterclasses and performing with some of the UK and Irelands most accomplished brass musicians, such as Graham Hastings, James Cavanagh, Archie Hutchinson and Jim Shepherd.

In 1985 he successfully completed Grade 8 for trumpet, being awarded a distinction by the Royal College of Music, London. Also in 1985, following a successful audition, he was awarded a place in the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland.

During his time in the NYOI, he worked with world renowned conductors such as Hugh Maguire and Robert Houlihan, and had the privilege of working with the late Gerard Victory, one of Irelands most accomplished and respected composers of the 20th century.

Mark has performed several times on RTE radio as both a soloist, and as a member and guest of various bands, including the National Broadcasting Band of Ireland. This is in addition to the many recordings he made with the National Youth Orchestra.

Upon leaving school in 1987 Mark was offered a position as trumpet player with the Barrack Street Concert Band by their newly appointed conductor, Mr. Liam Daly. In 1998 the Band appointed Mark as assistant Musical Director, and in January 2004 he was appointed Principal Musical Director.

Since taking over as Bandmaster, the Band has continued to thrive and expand musically under Mark’s direction. In July 2004, just six months after taking the helm, Mark guided the Band to the South of Ireland Band Championships where they were crowned ‘overall winners’ for the first time in the history of the competition. Also since his appointment in 2004, Mark has each year produced critically acclaimed, ‘sell-out’, end of year concerts with the Band, where they have performed with such international stars as Kathryn Smith, Paul Monaghan and Anthony Kearns.

In addition to Mark’s contribution to the ‘band’ scene in Waterford over the past thirty years, he has also been heavily involved with musical theatre. He has played in numerous productions with every musical society in the city and was Principal Trumpet player with the Waterford International Festival of Light Opera for over ten years. Indeed in addition to conducting the Barrack Street Concert Band, Mark is also the Musical Director of the Edmund Rice Choral and Musical Society.

Mark is at present continuing his music studies through Dundalk Institute of Technology under the supervision of renowned musicologist Dr. Ita Beausang, and head of music at DKIT, Dr. Eibhlis Farrell.

 

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