Mark Dharmaratnam grew up in Hamilton, Ontario and comes from a musical family. He started his musical studies at the age of twelve. He went on to receive a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters Degree in Trumpet Performance from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Dharmaratnam studied with Robert Grim, Erik Schultz, Vincent Cichowicz and Adolph Herseth.
A former member of Symphony Nova Scotia, Mr. Dharmaratnam currently holds a position with the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra and works as a free lance trumpeter with many top Canadian orchestras including: I Musici de Montreal, McGill Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Orchestre Métropolitain and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Dharmaratnam has extensive experience both playing in and conducting wind bands. He was a member of the Northwestern University Wind Ensemble under John P. Paynter and of the Westin Silver Band under Morley Calvert (founder of the LCB).
Recently, he has undertaken the duties of conducting a newly formed orchestra: the Orchestre Symphonique Pops de Montréal. As a performer, conductor and adjudicator, Mr. Dharmaratnam has been involved in wind band music throughout Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia. Under his direction the LCB has performed numerous concerts, toured the Maritimes and B.C. and recorded a CD.