He is a trumpeter born in New Orleans, Louisiana, who
started to learn about music when he was six years old. Dubbed a trumpet prodigy, he was given
classical trumpet tuition by Wynton Marsalis, who was his cousin. He went on to take further studies
at the Curtis Institute of Music and gained a fellowship at the Tanglewood
Music Center where he was the recipient of the Seiji Ozawa Award for
Outstanding Musicianship during his second summer spent there.
He made his debut as a soloist with the New Orleans
Symphony when he as fifteen and began to get invited to perform solos with
several national and international orchestras after having been the winner
of a number of competitions. The
orchestras he has performed with since then have included the Barcelona
Symphony as Principal Trumpet, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, the Boston
Pops Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfonica de
Barcelona I Nacional de Catalunya, the Richmond Symphony, the San Diego Symphony
and the Tenerife Symphony. He went
on to perform with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia on a trial basis
for a year and was subsequently invited to be their Principal Trumpet.
In 2006 he founded The Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big
Brass which is made up of musicians from several acclaimed Philadelphia Orchestras
and others such as the Delaware Symphony.
A regular in the recording studios he has appeared on
many albums that include his own Spirit of the Trumpeter as well as
his 1998 world premiere recording of Waxman: Carmen Fantasy for Trumpet
and Orchestra and other premieres such as Hailstork: Sonata for Trumpet
and Piano which was written for Rodney and his wife, the pianist Karen Walwyn,
and Singleton: In Our Own House which he performed with his wife and
his cousin Branford Marsalis.
In the field of musical education he has given many
masterclasses in the United States, has been requested as a teacher at the
Interlochen Music Academy and the Eastern Music Festival and has been Head
of the Trumpet Department at the Spanish music conservatory Escuela
Superior de Musica de Catalunya.