Stuart Mack, recent winner of the 2015 International Trumpet Guild Jazz competition is quickly making a name for himself and his New York City based band, The Mack Four. Having played music for over eleven years, Mack has received high honors such as: placing 2nd in the National Trumpet Competition (Jazz Division), being a finalist for the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Competition, being selected to compete in the Keep An Eye International Jazz Award in Amsterdam, NE, and being recognized as a Yamaha Young Performing Artist.
After graduating from Washington Community High School, Mack received a scholarship to attend the University of North Texas’s world renowned jazz program. While there, Mack played in the six-time grammy-nominated One O’Clock Lab Band for two years. Through the One O’Clock, Mack was able to travel to and headline events such as the Next Generation Jazz Festival (Monterey, California), the 2014 Jazz Education Network Conference (Dallas, Texas), as well as the Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament (Palm Springs, California). Mack can be heard as a member and a featured soloist on Lab 2013 and Lab 2014.
Having played professionally for the past seven years, Mack has built up playing experience with various groups throughout the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and elsewhere throughout the United States. During the summer of 2012, Mack was the only freshman selected across the country to play in the Disney All-American College band. There, he was able to work with the great jazz educator Ron McCurdy as well as some of the best college musicians in the country. Mack's band, The Mack Four, is quickly moving up the ranks in the music world. Having been together for the past year and a half, the group has already played various venues around the country and is set to do a Texas tour in the spring of 2016. Through Mack's various performing experiences, he has shared the stage with Jon Faddis, Wycliffe Gordon, Wayne Bergeron, Mike Stern, Cecil Mcbee, Peter Erskine, Eddie Henderson, John Clayton, Billy Harper, Franke Greene, Gordon Goodwin, Billy Hart, George Cables, Sal Lazono, Donald Harrison, and Dennis Diblasio.
Beyond maintaining a busy performing schedule, Mack is quickly making a name as a teacher. Currently, Mack is on faculty for the Texas All-Star Jazz Camp in Plano, Texas in addition to keeping his own studio. Mack teaches live lessons to students in the DFW area and Skype lessons to students across the country.