Updated As of Sept 20, 2023

After a comprehensive and competitive selection process, it is our distinct pleasure to announce that our Music Director for 2023/2024 will be Marc Hayes.

Our new Music Director, Marc Hayes, is an accomplished musician with deep roots in the British Band Culture. Marc plays bass guitar, double bass, low brass, and percussion. Marc’s professional music background going back to 2012 includes working on cruise ships and national theatre tours in the UK where he is from.  Marc’s introduction to brass instruments and concert band was through the Army Cadet Force Band in Lincolnshire where he lived. While with the Cadets Marc discovered competition brass bands and higher-level Concert bands in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. With these bands he performed in competitions or for overseas trips including Germany and Holland and was a guest conductor on a regular basis. Marc transitioned from a Cadet to an adult instructor and spent many years teaching cadets on a weekly basis. Marc holds a BTEC National Diploma in Music Practice from Lincoln College and has earned a Level 4 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector, also from Lincoln College, with distinction.
Marc’s professional music career includes a wide variety of musical styles including Jazz, Dixie, Soul, Motown, Latin and Afro-Cuban. Before moving to Canada Marc was conducting the Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Concert Band. Marc settled in Nanaimo just over a year ago upon marrying local Nanaimo singer Crystal Cashmore.
We feel very fortunate to have Marc accept this position and we are excited for the musical journey he will be taking us on.

Tracy Harvey,
President, Nanaimo Concert Band Society
July 29, 2023


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