Mark Armstrong (musician)
Armstrong was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, northern England. He was brought up in Amersham and attended Dr Challoner's Grammar School. 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. He subsequently took a postgraduate course in jazz and studio music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
Since 2008, Mark Armstrong has been Jazz Professor at the Royal College of Music (RCM) in London. 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.
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