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Mark Hughes "knows how to spin out a long line with the eloquence of a gifted singer," says Derrick Henry of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution. Hughes developed his abilities while a student at Northwestern University where he studied with the late Vincent Cichowicz of the Chicago Symphony. After graduation, he was selected to be in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago allowing him to be a scholarship student with Adolph Herseth, the legendary Principal Trumpet of the Chicago Symphony.
Hughes then began touring with Richard Morris as the popular organ and trumpet duo, "Toccatas and Flourishes," performing throughout the US and Canada. His appointment as Associate Principal Trumpet with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra followed, a position he held for 12 years. During his time with the ASO, he appeared as soloist with the orchestra on numerous occasions, performed on dozens of recordings, and was an active studio musician.
Mark is currently Principal Trumpet of the Houston Symphony, a position he has held since 2006. He has appeared as soloist with the orchestra on several occasions, including the performance of the Shostakovich Concerto #1 for Piano and Trumpet with Jon Kimura Parker, a performance heard nationally on American Public Radio’s “Symphony Cast”. Since his arrival in Houston, Hughes has performed and recorded with the Boston and Chicago Symphonies, and continues to be in demand as a soloist, with orchestras and in recital. In addition, each summer Mark serves on the faculties of the Brevard Music Center and the Texas Music Festival. Mark lives in Bellaire with his wife Marilyn and their two children, Thomas and Caroline.
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What is your earliest musical memory?
My first musical memory is singing in church, my first orchestral memory is going to see the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra playing an education concert when I was in 3rd grade. I heard the Ives "Variations on America" and I loved the cornet solo on first hearing. I dreamed of being able to play it one day. I was able to live out that dream when I played the solo my first year in the ASO on July 4th many years ago!
If you weren't a professional musician, what would you be?
College professor or aircraft pilot.
What's the last piece you listened to on your iPod?
Classical: "Bruckner 7, Jazz," Clifford Brown and Max Roach, Pop: Frankie Valli, Gladys Knight, Elton John, Jimmy Buffett.