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Catching Up With...Dave Makowiecki '93

Dave graduated from Curley in 1993 and matriculated in Towson University where he studied Jazz Performance with some of the best trumpet players in the business. He played lead trumpet in the TU Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Marching Band, as well as performed in numerous musicals for both Towson University and local theater groups.

As one of the top call trumpet players in the Baltimore/DC area, he has had the opportunity to perform for presidents and dignitaries of the United States, South Africa, France and Germany. He also entertained audiences with national acts such as The Temptations, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight, Mary Wilson, and Lee Ann Womack. Locally, he can be heard with Charles Village Brass Quartet, Crack the Sky and Technicolor Motor Home, which features the sounds of Steely Dan. In addition, he travels up and down the east coast with The Rollex Band (WeddingWire “ Bride’s Choice Award” for top party/dance/wedding band two-years running.)

When not on stage, Dave is in high demand as a studio musician, having been part of the recording of over 30 CD’s. He also has done recording session work for major television networks and movie production companies. Have you ever seen the movie Wedding Crashers? Dave was the trumpet player in the band at the Cleary wedding!

In addition to his freelance trumpet work, Dave is a private trumpet instructor at Music and Arts Center and Hunt Valley Music. He has shared his talents with his alma mater as the Director of AC Arts and the Assistant Band Director. “I love the variety in my jobs," he says. "Even though everything I do is music related, every aspect presents different challenges, whether it’s playing in front of thousands of people or teaching a beginner trumpet student.”

Dave explains the AC Arts Program: “AC Arts is Curley’s program established to promote music and arts in the community. This is a private lesson program designed for Curley students as well as non-Curley students of all ages, genders, abilities, and levels. The lessons are one-on-one instruction with some of Maryland’s finest musicians and educators.” For more information, please visit the Arts section of the Curley web site or email Dave directly.

Curley honed Dave's musical skills and made a big difference in his life. “My Curley education enhanced my strong belief in God and in the value of living in the footsteps and teachings of Jesus. This made me a better person, husband, and father. Professionally, Curley continues to show me the importance of preparation and being the best that I can be, all the time.” While at Curley, Dave was in the Jazz Ensemble and Concert Band. He can still be seen in the trumpet line as part of the Alumni Band at "All That Curley Jazz."

In 2001 Dave married Barbara Lundin (Catholic High ’93) and they have two children. “At age 7, our little drummer boy, Tyler Joseph, is the youngest student in the AC Arts program and a proud future member of the Archbishop Curley Class of 2023. Our 3-year old daughter, Katelyn Grace, enjoys dancing - ballet and tap - and being the cutest thing on earth.“ The family lives in Abingdon.

You can contact Dave by email at dmakowiecki@archbishopcurley.org or davemack4@comcast.net.


Yes, that is Dave proudly wearing his Curley shirt as he is about to toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain in Rome.