Mark Gould was born in New York City. He is the former co-principal trumpet with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and has appeared frequently as principal trumpet with the New York Philharmonic. He has also performed and recorded with Empire Brass, Canadian Brass, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Mostly Mozart. Gould is co-founder of the New American Mainstreet Band, which has made three records for the Angel EMI label. He has appeared as conductor and soloist with the Seattle Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Vermont Mozart Festival, Pacific Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, and Hartford Symphony, and is director of the New York Trumpet Ensemble. He holds a BA from Boston University and has been on the faculty at Juilliard since 1982.