Mark D. Van Sickle
Mark became a professional musician at the age of fourteen. He attended Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh on a trumpet performance scholarship. To broaden his musical education, Mark transferred to North Texas State University (now called the University of North Texas) in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. While at the university, Mark performed and recorded with the Grammy-nominated One O’Clock Lab Band, and toured the Soviet Union in 1976 under the auspices of The U.S. State Department. The highlight of the tour was the band’s live performance in Moscow on NBC’s July 4th broadcast – part of a daylong celebration of America’s bicentennial.
Upon completing his Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Education, Mark toured the United States, Canada and Europe as lead trumpet player for Ray Charles. Afterward, he settled in Los Angeles where he performed on numerous recordings, at live events and as first trumpet for Motown Producer and Oscar-nominated orchestrator, Gil Askey.
In 1982 Mark began his transition into the medical field, and in 1985 he became the Los Angeles-based medical sales representative for a national surgical instrument company. Finally, Mark and his wife relocated to the Dallas area in 1988 to establish their own company, Van Sickle Surgical Instruments.
The knowledge Mark acquired over many years as a professional musician has significantly influenced the shaping of this unique surgical instrument company. Highly trained musicians, as well as surgeons, recognize and perform on only the finest quality instruments. Just ask any New York Philharmonic Orchestra member. Mark has been most discriminating in personally selecting every surgical instrument that is included in the Van Sickle line.
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