Trumpet - Mark Van Sickle Print


"I am proud to endorse Warburton Music Products. As a professional trumpet player who performs in a wide variety of musical styles and playing situations, I have found the Warburton System to be the most adaptable and consistent. I primarily use a 4MC top and standard 7 backbore. As stated in the Warburton literature, the 4MC top achieves the ultimate bright symphonic sound, which I prefer. I use this combination for commercial lead and jazz, while I use a 4MD top in classical situations."

Mark Vzn Sickle


Mark Van Sickle began playing the trumpet at the age of ten. By the time he was fourteen, he was playing professionally in the greater Pittsburgh area with a variety of local dance bands. During high school and his first year of college, he studied privately with Anthony Pasquarelli of the Pittsburgh Symphony.

As the recipient of a performance scholarship to Carnegie-Mellon University, Mark attended there as a freshman and continued his technical studies with Mr. Pasquarelli. The following year Mark moved to Denton, Texas to enroll in the music school at the University of North Texas where he was the first recipient of the Stan Kenton Jazz Studies Scholarship. As a member of the One O’Clock Lab Band, Mark performed on the Lab ’74 Album, a PBS television special, toured with Tony Bennett, and, under the auspices of the United States State Department, toured the Soviet Union and Portugal. Throughout his college years, Mark was very busy as a professional trumpet player in the Dallas–Fort Worth area. He played in a varied forum with local and national artists including the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra directed by Buddy Morrow, Bob Crosby, Tex Beneke, Les Elgart, Claude Gordon, Johnny Taylor, Si Zentner, Johnny Ray and Bob Hope. He also played in the Southern Palace Orchestra at Six Flags Over Texas. In 1977, Mark graduated from UNT with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Education.

In pursuit of furthering his professional career, Mark moved to New York. He performed with Larry Elgart and Ray Anderson, and was hired to tour as lead trumpet in the Broadway show ‘A Tribute to Elvis’. Subsequently, Mark was hired as lead trumpet player for Ray Charles. Mark toured nationally and internationally with Ray and his orchestra, and recorded with Ray on his ‘Love and Peace’ album.

Upon moving to Los Angeles in 1979, Mark performed and recorded as lead trumpet with legendary Motown and Oscar Nominated arranger and producer Gil Askey and producer Lonnie Simmons. He also played with The Gap Band, James Ingram, Ernie Andrews, The Four Tops, Louis Bellson and Gerald Wilson in addition to playing on numerous recording sessions. In order to perform and record his original compositions, Mark formed a jazz group and performed at local jazz venues and festivals.

Mark currently resides in the Dallas-Fort Worth area where he is in demand as a jazz, commercial and classical trumpet player, producer and contractor. He performs with numerous local artists, as well as on television shows and in recording sessions. He has also played with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Schola Cantorum, Dallas Jazz Orchestra, Chris Christian, Gladys Knight, The Pointer Sisters, Davis Gaines, Daniel Rodriguez and Tom Scott.