Mark Armstrong (musician)

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Mark Armstrong is a British jazz trumpeter, musical director, composer, arranger, and educator.[1][2]

Armstrong was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, northern England.[3] He was brought up in Amersham and attended Dr Challoner's Grammar School.[4] He studied then for a degree in music at the University of Oxford, when he played with the Oxford University Jazz Orchestra and helped to reform the Oxford University Big Band.[2] He subsequently took a postgraduate course in jazz and studio music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.[1]

Since 2008, Mark Armstrong has been Jazz Professor at the Royal College of Music (RCM) in London.[3] Since 2011, he has been the Artistic and Music Director of the UK National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO). He directs the RCM Swing Band and the RCM Big Band.[4]

Armstrong was nominated in the best trumpet category of the 2007 Ronnie Scott Jazz Awards.[3] He was also a winner of the BBC Big Band Competition arranging prize.

Mark Armstrong lives in London.[3] He is married to the conductor Elinor Corp and they have two children.


  1. ^ a b "Mark Armstrong". LinkedIn. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Biography". Mark Armstrong. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "Mark Armstrong". London, UK: Royal College of Music. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Mark Armstrong". Innovative Conservatoire. Retrieved 29 January 2017.

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