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Mark Cornell   [grooveduke]
Champaign Illinois United States
Big BandCommercial/Recording
University Of Illinois
Contact me for: Performance opportunities & Trumpet instruction
Actually my preferred performance idiom is Funk/Soul/R&B (it is how I spent the last 13 years.) But in the interest of being more versatile, I am currently going back to school and putting together a chamber group for a series of recitals. I currently play lead in the Big Band, 2nd/Split lead in the Dave Dickey Big Band, Lead Trumpet in the High Street Swing Orchestra. I have been playing/singing regularly with several Funk/R&B groups: Mother Popcorn, What is Hip Band, and my own band The Groove Dukes. I've subbed with the Champaign Urbana Symphony and done the usual round of society bands and pick-up gigs (Russ Morgan, Danny Kaye and local bands.)

A highlight of my undergraduate career was backing Dizzy Gillespie with the Eastern Illinois University Big Band. This band brought in other great guest artists such as: Slide Hampton, Mel Torme, Bobby Shew, Frank Foster (the LA studio musician), John Pizzarelli, Clark Terry, Dianne Schurr... really incredible! no wonder I stayed an undergrad for so long!) I also did a stint on the Mariner of the Seas with Royal Caribbean and taught K-12 Music.

The bulk of my career until their breakup about 4 years ago was spent with Dr. Wu's Rock & Soul Revue. A great little R&B band from Central Illinois. I fell in love with the music and never looked back. We made 2 self produced Cds and appeared on the tribute album “I Sure Miss Gene Vincent” on Rock Therapy/El Toro Records. Besides headlining appearances this band also backed The Shirelles many times, as well as Snake & Dogwood, a tribute to the Blues Bros; The Drifters, The Marcells, Sam Moore, Gene Chandler and The Tokens.
Now I'm back in school, working on my DMA at the U of I.

I have studied with: Greg Clemons, Tom Brawner, Parker Melvin, (at EIU); Bill Adam (after his retirement) in the 1990s, Currently with Michael Ewald & Ronald Romm.

Thanks for looking at my registry. Feel free to contact me. I have real experience in surviving as a musician in the middle of nowhere; it's a small but tenuous claim to fame...LOL.

I also teach privately and am available for lessons. I am extremely influenced by Bill Adam's teaching approach (as most of his students are) He is easily the single greatest teacher (from any discipline) with whom I have had the privilege of studying (and I have had some amazing teachers in many disciplines!) If you are interested in checking out my "take" on his approach, give me a call.