Cat Miles

Cat is a musician and teacher based in Sheffield, though most of her teaching takes place in her hometown of Doncaster. Cat is available to teach saxes, flute and beginner piano and has over 10 years' teaching experience. She is a qualified teacher with QTS status (since 2013).

Cat attended the Doncaster Youth Jazz Association and Doncaster Music Service groups from a young age after starting lessons in school. She then progressed through the Jazz Association bands and still performs with the Alumni band - the Doncaster Jazz Orchestra.

When she isn’t teaching, much of Cat’s gigging work sees her travelling throughout Europe and Internationally with various groups but also as a solo saxophonist accompanying DJs at club nights and events.

Gareth Smith

Gareth is a gigging musician and trumpet teacher based in Sheffield, though teaches throughout Rotherham, Doncaster and Leicestershire. He is an exemplary product of the Doncaster Youth Jazz Association and the Doncaster Music Education Hub, having learnt and performed within the town throughout his life.

Gareth holds a degree in Jazz Studies from Leeds College of Music and has over 10 years' teaching experience in a range of ages and abilities.

As well as teaching, Gareth is a successful trumpet player and spends much of his working week performing as part of various Big Bands, Jazz ensembles and function bands. He frequently performs gigs across the country and further afield throughout Europe.

Mark Ellis 

Mark is a professional musician, owner & MD of an award-winning music agency and one of the Sax teachers at DYJA. Owing all of his early music education to DYJA (he remembers being in attendance at rehearsals at 3 years old!) he first took up the saxophone at age 11 and quickly progressed through the ranks of Doncaster Youth Jazz Association. 

While studying for his first degree in languages at Newcastle University, Mark was MD and lead alto for the Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra. During this time he also became one of the pioneers of live sax at dance clubs, playing the opening night of Cafe Mambo in Ibiza. 

Following his time at University, Mark was awarded a scholarship to study at the world renowned Berklee College of Music where he also performed with world-famous bands. 

Upon his return to the UK in 2004 Mark began teaching saxophone to students, both privately and in schools. He continues to teach at DYJA, with his main focus on helping his students to express themselves through improvisation and finding their own unique 'sound' or tone.