ABOUT ME

As a graduate of the City of Leeds College of Music; Jazz and Contemporary Music course, I have enjoyed a wide and varied playing career to date.   I began my professional career in the working men’s club band circuit in the north east of England, I have played at every Butlins holiday camp in Britain, summer seasons, festivals, winter seasons, pantomimes, theatre shows, opera, cruises, European tours, support slots, recording and studio sessions, radio sessions, rock, pop, blues and folk bands, cover bands, function bands, big bands, brass bands, jazz bands, percussion ensembles and orchestras to name but a few.

 

I gained my PGCE at Leeds University and have taught Music in secondary schools from years 7 through to 13.  As a teacher of percussion, I have taught students in reception classes right up to year 13, pupils with severe, profound and complex learning needs  in Special Schools, adults, workshops, projects and county level orchestras and ensembles.  I have also been musical director conducting and running rehearsals and concerts for  brass bands, windbands and jazz bands and percussion ensembles.   I teach a wide range of percussion instruments including drum kit, orchestral percussion (xylophone, marimba, vibraphone, timpani) Gamelan, African drums, Samba percussion and more. 

 

I am the Senior Percussion Tutor for Suffolk County Music Service and I write the percussion curriculum and exam syllabus that is used in schools across the county.  My students have gained success with Trinity Guildhall, Rock School and Associated Board exams on drum kit and orchestral percussion from grades 1 to 8.  Many former pupils have gone on to enjoy music as a career or a life time passion.  

 

As a musical arranger and composer, I have written for many different styles of music and bands, from percussion ensembles, brass bands, jazz bands to function bands.  I have composed and recorded music for many different ensembles including all the backing tracks used for Suffolk County Music Service drum kit exams. 

Mark Sewell GCLCM, PGCE

2019

31st December 2018: Turntable (private function)

7th February: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

16th February: Turntable (charity function)

23rd February: Turntable (charity function)

7th March: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

9th March: Weird Rare Animals, Jimmy’s Farm

23rd March: Turntable (private function)

4th April: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

6th April: Turntable (private function)

2nd May: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

17th May: Jazz Gig, Turks Head, Hasketon

25th May: Turntable (private function)

6th June: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

9th June: Weird Rare Animals, White Lion Hotel, Aldeburgh

14th June: Sunset Bamboo, The Angel, Woodbridge

22nd June: Ipswich Jazz Festival,  rhythm section workshop

4th July: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

6th July: Turntable, (private function)

12th July: Sunset Bamboo, The Lemon Tree Bistro, Fram.

5th September: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

14th September: Turntable, Cambridge University

3rd October: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

19th October: Turntable (private function)

1st November: Sunset Bamboo, The Lemon Tree Bistro, Fram

9th November: Black Lightning, Swan & Hedgehog, Ipswich

22nd November: Sunset Bamboo, The Angel, Woodbridge

23rd November: Turntable (Bury St Edmunds Xmas Fayre)

30th November: Turntable (Wedding)

5th December: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

7th December: Turntable, Thorpeness Golf Club

13th December: Turntable, Cambridge

31st December 2019: Turntable (private function)

2020

2nd January: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

4th January: Turntable (Wedding)

6th February: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

5th March: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

29th March: Sunset Bamboo, New Bell Inn, Harwich

2nd April: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

7th May: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

23rd May: Body & Soul, Stowmarket Golf Club

4th June: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

2nd July: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

6th August: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

3rd September: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

19th September: Turntable (private function)

1st October: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

5th November: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

28th November: Turntable, Bury Christmas Fayre

3rd December: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

31st December: Turntable (private function)

 

 

2018

31st December 2017: Turntable (private function)

4th January 2018: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

20th January: Turntable (private function)

27th January: Wedding Jazz Gig, Glemham Hall.

1st February: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

10th February: Turntable (wedding)

17th February: Turntable (charity function)

24th February: Turntable, (private function), Nottingham

1st March: Woodbridge Jazz [cancelled bad weather]

3rd March: Turntable (Masons function)

25th March: Sunset Bamboo, Sutton Plough

19th April: Barry Kingston Trio, Mariners, Trimley

21st April: Sunset Bamboo, Woodbridge

22nd April: Sunset Bamboo, Wickham Mkt

3rd May: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

5th May: Joyspring Jazz, White Horse, Rendham.

10th May: Barry Kingston Trio, The Crown, Woodbridge

12th May: Turntable (private function)

26th May: Tom Sanderson Band, Leestock Festival

2nd June: Bill Biggins Quartet, Orford

7th June: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

16th June: Turntable (private function)

24th June: Horn Factory, St Peters Ipswich (tbc)

7th July: Turntable (private function)

8th July: Sunset Bamboo: Gig In The Garden, Mendlesham

12th July: Barry Kingston Trio, The Crown, Woodbridge

21st July: Turntable (private function)

28th July: Turntable (private function)

3rd August:  Jimmy Farm Press Night

4th August: Turntable (wedding)

25th August: Weird Rare Animals, Harleston

25th August: Turntable, Letheringham (wedding)

30th August: Adhoc Jazz, The Crown, Woodbridge

6th September: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

14th September: Sunset Bamboo, The Lemon Tree, Framlingham

4th October: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

14th October: Jazz Jam (house band), Golden Hind, Ipswich

27th October: Turntable: Bury Golf Club (private function)

1st November: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

3rd November: Turntable: Beccles Cricket Club (private function)

9th November: Sunset Bamboo, The Angel, Woodbridge

10th November: Sunset Bamboo, Wickham Mkt Church

17th November: Clarissa, The Crown, Woodbridge

24th November: Turntable, Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre

6th December: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

31st December: Turntable, Private Party

 

 

2017

31st December 2016: Turntable (private function)

5th January: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

20th January: Copperhead Toad, Prince of Wales, Sudbury

28th January: Turntable (private function)

2nd February: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

25th February: Turntable (private function)

2nd March: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

5th March: Copperhead Toad, The Dove, Ipswich

18th March: Turntable (private function)

25th March: Turntable (private function)

28th April: Turntable (private function)

4th May: Escape From Konitz  followed by Woodbridge Jazz Jam

5th May: Selion Swing Band, St Peters on the Water Front

18th May: Escape From Konitz, Ipswich Community Radio

27th May Copperhead Toad, The Mulberry Tree, Ipswich

1st June: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

18th June: Blues Jam,The Railway, Ipswich (house band)

25th June:  Cinquenta, Ipswich Jazz Festival, Isaacs on the Quay 2pm

25th June: Bill Biggins Quartet at The Golden Hind, Ipswich 7.30pm

1st July: Copperhead Toad, The Railway

2nd July: Turntable, Ipswich Music Day, Christchurch Park

7th July: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

12th July: Blues Jam The Railway, Ipswich (house band)

14th July: Copperhead Toad, Venue 77, Ipswich

15th July: Turntable (private function)

16th July: Copperhead Toad, Portman Road Stadium.

21st July: Copperhead Toad, Prince of Wales, Sudbury

26th July – 3rd Aug: Poland (Suffolk Youth Orchestra)

5th August: Turntable (private function)

18th August: Turntable (private function)

19th August: Turntable (private function)

26th August: Turntable (private function)

1st  September: Copperhead Toad, Holywells Park, Ipswich

7th September: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

13th September: Blue Jam, The Railway, Ipswich (house band)

12th October: Jazz at the Crown, Barry Kingston Quartet, Woodbridge

14th October: Turntable (private function)

21st October: Galaxy Big Band, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

28th October: Scratch Jazz, White Horse, Rendham

2nd November: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

4th November: Turntable (private function)

11th November: Little Shop of Horrors, Kings Theatre, Newmarket

25th November: Turntable, Bury Christmas Fayre

7th December: Woodbridge Jazz Jam (house band)

8th December: Horn Factory Big Band

31st December: Turntable (private function)

Engagements