Marcus Venables is a leading Canadian composer for brass band. As a member of the Canadian Staff Band and The Salvation Army North York Temple Band he continues to write a substantial amount for these ensembles. In addition to working with several local Toronto groups as a performer and soloist (including the Hannaford Street Silver Band and Intrada Brass), Marcus has travelled to the United States, England, and Europe as soloist, conductor, and composer. Composition is a main focus for Marcus as a musician. Writing for brass band, wind band, choral, and strings, Marcus continues to receive awards, publications, and commissions. His music has been recorded by numerous groups and received premieres across the world.