Vaughn Nark began playing the trumpet at the tender age of six. His father, Leon, also a trumpeter, was his first teacher. At seven, he was exposed to Dizzy, Miles, Maynard and Doc, forever changing the ears of this aspiring musician from Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania. Soon after graduating from high school, Vaughn auditioned and was accepted by the United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C., where he became a member of its premiere jazz ensemble, the Airmen of Note. He occupied either the lead or jazz trumpet chair for nearly 20 years.
Now retired from the "Note," Vaughn leads a quintet in the Washington, D.C. area and travels extensively throughout the country and abroad, performing as guest artist at various club and jazz festival venues.
Vaughn is pleased to be a member of the faculty of the Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland and is available for private instruction.