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Black Knights - New Management Team


Press release from Black Knights

The Black Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from Gravesend, Kent, UK are delighted to announce their new management team for the 2014 season.

Taking over as Corps Director is Mark Neilson, who replaces Paul Richards. Paul is stepping down after 4 years in charge to focus on the corps cadet activity. Paul says "after leading the organisation for 4 years I am glad to be able to take a step back and concentrate on my new family whilst a great new team have been formed to take Black Knights into the future. It will be an honour to work alongside Mark and his new team".

New Corps Director Mark comments "I would like to thank Paul for everything he has achieved as corps director. I have worked alongside Paul for the past 2 years and know first hand what he has done for the corps. It is a great honour to take this position and follow in line with some great BK corps directors". Mark Neilson is joined on the new management team by Mark Jeffrey as the Senior Corps Coordinator, replacing Steve Blakeley. Mark Jeffrey says " I feel honoured and privileged to be stepping in to this position. Steve has been an inspiration not only to me but all of us at Black Knights, and hope he enjoys a little more time with his family. This is a new chapter in Black Knights history and I am looking forward to being part of it".

Steve Blakeley who now focuses on his position as Brass Caption Head added, "It has been a great pleasure taking the reigns of the senior corps for the last 5 years and watching the group grow year on year. Mark Jeffrey has been a part of BK for the last two years...... From the get go he couldn't do enough to help the corps in any way possible. Iím very excited to see where Mark J and Mark N take the corps. They both have a great drive and passion to take the corps forward and Iím very much looking forward to working with them in 2014 and onwards".

Mark Neilson concludes "We are committed in taking Black Knights to the next level and in doing so build an environment for our members to compete at the highest standard. The management team promise to serve the members and staff, making sure they get the best support possible. The Black Knights 2014 programme will be announced on 9th November at our awards evening, followed on the 10th November by a brass open day. For more detials about the Black Knights please contact Mark Jeffrey 07531 660184 or email


8th October 2013



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