For the diverse trumpeter who has spent the last 33 years of life pursuing music with dedication and determination, Marques has turned his passion into a career and a life long journey. Marques’s palette for music spans from the rich texture of the Blues to modern sounds of Soul, Hip-Hop and foundations of America’s music known as “Jazz”.
Marques grew up in St. Louis, MO, which has cultivated some of the greatest trumpet players in Jazz music such as Clark Terry, Miles Davis, Russell Gunn, Keyon Harrold, Jeremy Davenport, Quentin Coaxum and Danny Campbell. While studying in St. Louis, Marques had great mentors like Charlie Rose, Jim Bovinette, Dan Presgrave, Tyra Ross, Bob Edwards, Jim Waechter and Susan Slaughter. He would also grab lessons from Clark Terry every time he came to town to perform. In 1996 Marques headed to Chicago to pursue his Bachelor’s Degree at DePaul University. There he would study with both trumpeters, Matt Lee and Bob Lark, who helped Marques grow as a musician and an educator. While studying at DePaul, Marques was able to perform and learn from great musicians such as 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. From 2012-2014 Marques returned to DePaul University to pursue his Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies Performance while having the opportunity to perform and record with Jeff Hamilton, Jimmy Heath and Randy Brecker.
Marques also went on to be a member of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble under the direction of drummer, Dana Hall. Marques became the first call lead trumpet player sub and was able to perform with the ensemble alongside Jon Faddis, Christian McBride, Meshell Ndegocello, Etienne Charles and Nicholas Payton. From 2012-2014 Marques returned to DePaul University to pursue his Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies Performance. During that time Marques played lead in the top jazz ensemble and was a mentor to the younger students in the program. He would also have the chance to perform and record with Jeff Hamilton, Jimmy Heath and Randy Brecker.
Marques has become a top call freelance musician who has played lead trumpet for The Chicago Sestet, the Chicago Jazz Ensemble and as a soloist/section performer with such artists as blues guitarist Guy King, Aretha Franklin, The Ojays, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Cliff Wallace Big Band, Typhanie Monique, Victor Goines Ensemble. Marques also had the pleasure of traveling to perform throughout Europe, Vietnam and Montreal in various jazz festivals. Marques is currently the new permanent fourth trumpet player with The Count Basie Orchestra, the leader of The Trumpet Summit and the co-leader of the Chicago Soul Jazz Collective.
As he continues to stay active on the music scene in Chicago, education has also remained a major passion for Marques. Currently, he is the Musical Director for the Chicago Jesuit Academy. He 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 the opportunity to continue their love for music on a higher level. Marques continues to do great work within the Chicago Public School System giving clinics, master classes in trumpet and music performance and working as a mentor to young trumpeters associated with Chicago's Jazz Institute.
“I believe that we as musicians have a huge responsibility to give back to our youth and especially to those who do not have the opportunity to learn music on a higher level. It’s our duty to help others learn to express themselves in a positive manner.”