Trumpeter Marc Caparone has been on the jazz festival scene for over 40 years, which is unusual considering he’s in his 40s! Marc has been involved with many well known trad jazz bands over the years including the High Sierra Jazz Band, Hal Smith’s Roadrunners, Clint Baker’s New Orleans Jazz Band, the Creole Syncopators and the Reynolds Brothers Rhythm Rascals. He has also filled in occasionally with many other bands including Grand Dominion, the Climax Jazz Band, and the Golden Eagle Jazz Band. While performing with the Boilermaker Jazz Band at the 2000 Dixieland Monterey, Marc met his future wife, jazz vocalist Dawn Lambeth, on the bandstand in the Steinbeck Forum. They have been married nearly twenty years and now have a son and a daughter.
In 2009 Marc began playing occasionally with the High Sierra Jazz band, which he first heard at the age of three when they played in Pismo Beach. In 2014 he took over the trumpet chair with High Sierra after Bryan Shaw retired from the band, holding down that chair until the band retired in 2019. Today Marc leads the Sierra Stompers, which has earned the moniker “The Hottest Jazz Band on the West Coast!”
Currently Marc is also a member of the Holland-Coots Quintet, Carl Sonny Leyland’s Boogie Woogie Boys, and Dave Stuckey’s Hot House Gang. He recently completed a duet CD with pianist Ray Skjelbred which will be released in the near future.
“The Jazz Bash has been a fantastic part of my life for a long time,” says Marc “and I am grateful that all of you are a part of it too!”