Mac began his musical career with sawdust in his shoes, when, at twelve, he played 1" trumpet for the circus, soon followed by teenage years performing with an array of bands and playing 1" trumpet with the Roanoke Symphony. After graduating from the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Mac went on the road with the big band circuit, playing with such greats as Buddy Rich, Buddy Morrow, Stan Kenton, and others. .. ..New York beckoned the young trumpeter whose flawless intonation and range had caught the attention of recording producers like Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards, Bill Lasewell, Arthur Baker, Arif Mardin, and Rick Derringer. Their albums smoked their way to the charts with Mac's fiery horn as Steve Winwood, Arrow, Laurie Anderson, Power Station, Mick Jagger, and many others signed him on time and again for more than 1000 recordings and more than 75 solos on Top-Forty singIes. In the world of screaming guitars, synths, and samplers, Mac Gollehon's trumpet rules; his solos can be heard all over the airwaves. Listen for his solos on David Bowie's Let's Dance, Jagger and Bowie's Dancin' the Street, Grace Jones's Inside Story, Duran Duran's Notorious, Billy Ocean's Get Out Of My Dreams, and on "Coming to America," Eddie Murphy's film soundtrack. He is arguably today's most recorded trumpet player. .. .. As a master of Latin, calypso, country, rock, and jazz, Hilton Ruiz has christened the versatile player "genius"; Lester Bowie describes him as "a special talent,"and Nile Rodgers nicknamed him "the best trumpet player on the planet." After he shared the concert stage with Jon Faddis, Lew Soloff, Randy Brecker, and others, Brass Player s critic wrote: "Playing straight ahead jazz in the company of our most prominent jazzers, Mac more than held his own he left- them awe-struck." .. ..For years, fans around the world have cheered his talent front-lining for Chic, Blondie, Duran Duran, and Sheena Easton, to mention only a few. In fact, on any given week, Mac can be found Iaying down tracks for Onyx, Kenny Barron, Ric Ocasek, Laurie Anderson, or Madonna. "Becoming a complete musician has been an on-going process for me," explains Mac. "It has been an evolution of building a personal stylistic identity by collaborating with other musicians of enormous talent. I've been influenced and stimulated by them and have been able to develop my own character and individual style. Whether I'm working with David Bowie, Hall, Oates or even Duran Duran, most times, I've been able to interject my own concepts into their music and it has helped my own personal approach to music."