Marques Carroll has become one of the most diverse sought-out trumpet players the city of Chicago has to offer. Originally from St. Louis Missouri, Marques moved to Chicago to pursue his musical career in 1996 where he attended DePaul University while working on his BA in Jazz Studies Performance. While in school Marques began playing professionally in Chicago with several different bands that ranged from Jazz Big Band, Classic Rock and Soul, small groups, Latin Jazz Ensembles and he was able to perform with great Jazz artists that were special guest with the DePaul Jazz Ensemble. Throughout his career at DePaul University while working on his BA Marques shared the stage and collaborated with Dick Oates, Tom Harrell, Slide Hampton, Bob Brookmeyer, Jon Fedchock, Nicholas Payton, Joe Lovano, Byron Stripling, Kenny Werner, Clark Terry, Louie Bellson, Jon Faddis and Carl Allen.
After graduating DePaul University in 2001 Marques continued his journey in Chicago and quickly developed a trumpet studio in which he teaches students privately from the south side of Chicago to the north side of Chicago. The emphasis in his teaching is to make the complete trumpet player and musician for today’s working music scene in all genres and styles. Marques became the number one Jazz trumpet instructor for the New Trier Music Department in 2005 and also became a clinician for Midwest Young Artist over the years.
Marques became a first call sub for the Chicago Jazz Ensemble while under the direction of Dana Hall. Marques would play section or lead trumpet for the ensemble and perform with artists such as Christian McBride, Etienne Charles, Meshell Ndegocello and Nicholas Payton. Upon Marques’s return to DePaul University in 2012-2014 to work on his MA in Jazz Performance he would become the lead trumpet player for the top Jazz Ensemble. This included performing a weeklong tour and recording with drummer Jeff Hamilton, playing a weeklong show at the Jazz Showcase with Jimmy Heath and John Fedchock and Randy Brecker.
Marques is a top call freelance musician who also plays lead trumpet for The Chicago Yestet and as a soloist for groups and artists such as blues guitarist Guy King, The Ojays, The Temptations, The Four Tops, R. Kelly, The Tom Matta Big Band, The DePaul Alumni Big Band, The BMC and The Larry King Orchestra. Marques also had the pleasure of traveling to perform throughout Europe, Vietnam (Hue Music Festival) and the Montreal Jazz Festival.
Marques continues to stay active in music education throughout the city of Chicago. Currently the Musical Director for the Chicago Jesuit Academy, Marques has written the course outline and curriculum in which students are exposed to jazz history, theory and instrumental pedagogy. This program has become a cornerstone for the school itself and has provided many students to continue their love for music on a higher level at the Chi Arts Academy. Marques continues to do great work within the Chicago Public school system giving clinics and master classes in trumpet and music performance.