Mark Frost started playing tenor trombone aged 11 having lessons from the Rotherham Music Service. He was asked to join the Rotherham Schools Band on bass trombone because he was the only person able to read bass clef.
At age 13 he was asked to join the Yorkshire Schools Band and also Barnsley Chronicle Band, eventually successfully auditioning for the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain.
Mark was invited to join Brighouse and Rastrick when he turned 16 and, two years later, Black Dyke Mills Band under David King, with which he won two European Championships and toured Japan and Sierra Leone!
Initially, ‘Frosty’ studied with Hallé bass trombonist, Neville Roberts, at Salford University before transferring to the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
At around the same time he was approached by Howard Snell to join the Britannia Building Society Band (now Foden’s), with which he won the All England Masters twice and also the Swiss Open.
In 2002 Mark became the bass trombone player with the Brass Band of Battle Creek and in 2003 he was invited to join Grimethorpe for its tour of the USA, culminating in a concert in Carnegie Hall.
His brass band days paved the way for a ‘pro’ music career spanning the genres of brass band, big band, orchestras and session work. The list is impressive:
Guy Barker Orchestra, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, Peter Gabriel New Blood Orchestra, Curtis Stigers, Georgie Fame, Al Martino, Jack Jones, Gladys Knight, Paloma Faith, Quincy Jones, Jamie Cullum, Gary Barlow even Frank Sinatra at the London Palladium via a big screen!
Mark has equally impressive orchestral credentials having played for all the BBC Orchestras, London Symphony, London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as the Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Opera North. He can also be heard on the soundtracks to 'Inception', 'Prometheus', 'Captain America' and 'Thunderbirds'.
Mark was bass trombone tutor at Salford University and also visiting tutor of trombone at the RNCM, where he gave the world premiere of ‘Spooks’ an Outrage for bass trombone written for him by Elgar Howarth.