Mark Braud, one of New Orleans' most versatile and virtuosic trumpeters, was inspired by his illustrious Crescent City musical family. Being the grandson of the legendary trumpeter John “Picket” Brunious, Sr. and nephew of internationally acclaimed jazz trumpeters Wendell Brunious and John Brunious, Jr., Mark was destined to become a New Orleans jazz trumpet legend himself.
Mark began playing the trumpet at the age of twelve and began his professional career at age fifteen playing with some of the best New Orleans brass bands. Over the next few years Mark started to developed a style in New Orleans traditional music and began working with many traditional jazz bands including the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band and Dr. Michael Whites Original Liberty Jazz Band, with which he still works occasionally.
In 2001, Mark joined the Harry Connick Jr. Band with which he can be seen daily on CBS's "Harry." Mark has also been a member of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band with whom he has recorded and toured internationally. When not on national TV or touring the globe, Mark performs locally around the Big Easy at jazz spots such as the Palm court Jazz Café, Snug Harbor, and Preservation Hall, leading a jazz band of his own - the New Orleans Jazz Giants.
Mark had appeared in Broadway production of One More Time, for which he received critical acclaim, and over the years had performed with Nicholas Payton, Adonis Rose, Willie Metcalf and The World Peace Movement, Al Grey, Bob French’s Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, Edwin “Eddie Bo” Bocage, Arvelle Shaw, Henry Butler, Treme Brass Band, Ricardo Lewis, Tony Bazley, Kermit Ruffins, UNO Jazz Quintet, Roland Guerin, Wanda Rouzan, Pappa Don Vappie’s Creole Jazz Serenaders, Walter Payton, Jewel Brown, Olympia Brass Band, and Young Tuxedo Brass Band just to name a few.