Mark McGowan is a professional trumpet player based in New York City. He received a Bachelor of Arts in music from Hunter College, studied trumpet with William Fielder and improvisation with Barry Harris. Mark plays a wide variety of styles of music, but his specialty is big band jazz. He has played, toured and recorded with many well-known artists and bands such as Illinois Jacquet, Lionel Hampton, Michael Feinstein, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra and many others in some of the most well-known venues around the world. Mark played with Lionel Hampton from 1995 to 2002. These days, Mark also leads his own group "The Black Diamond Orchestra," consisting of some of the finest musicians in the New York City area.