Katrina Marzella was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1983 and has been the solo baritone player of Black Dyke Band since 2011. Katrina has travelled extensively across Europe, Asia, Australasia and North America as a soloist, adjudicator, conductor and teacher. She performs as a soloist regularly with Black Dyke Band in some of Europe’s most prestigious auditoriums and music festivals.
During her youth, Katrina won a myriad of solo awards, including the inaugural BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Soloist of the Year in 2004. She was the British Open Solo Champion in 2006 and 2007, Ern Keller International Soloist in 2007 and 2008, runner-up at the 5th European Soloist Competition in 2010 and was awarded the ‘Best Soloist’ award at the 2014 European Brass Band Championships.
Katrina is passionate about raising the profile of the baritone horn and has premiered over 25 new solo works for her instrument. Katrina was also integral to the development of the Yamaha Neo baritone horn and performs exclusively on the instrument she helped design. Katrina is passionate about music education and tutors at York St. John University and the University of Salford, and is a Civilian Professor at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall.
Before combining motherhood with her music commitments, Katrina practised as a lawyer in Manchester. She now lives in the Yorkshire Dales with her husband, Brenden Wheeler, and their 2-year-old daughter, Gabriella.