Marcus Venables is a Canadian musician and composer from Toronto. Marcus is a graduate of the University of Toronto in trumpet performance and has become a sought after soloist, conductor and composer. He has won several composition competitions and continues to receive commissions from a wide range of ensembles. Marcus began learning music through the Salvation Army and is currently the principal cornet of the Canadian Staff Band of the Salvation Army.
As a soloist and conductor he has travelled across Canada, the United States, and Europe. In June 2016, Marcus was a soloist at the Birmingham Symphony Hall in the United Kingdom with the International Staff Band. As a composer, Marcus has received numerous awards including the 2011 Uni Brass prize for 'Lord of my Youth', 2013 Just music competition for 'Concerto for Brass Band', and the 2019 Cory Band composition competition for his piece 'Colossus', just to name a few. In addition, Marcus works for The Salvation Army Music and Gospel Arts Department at the Canada and Bermuda Territorial Headquarters in Toronto.