Mickey McMahan

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Trumpeter Mickey McMahan remains best known for his decade-plus stint on television's The Lawrence Welk Show. Born Clinton McMahan in Texas on August 23, 1930, he grew up in Arizona, learning to play…
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Trumpeter Mickey McMahan remains best known for his decade-plus stint on television's The Lawrence Welk Show. Born Clinton McMahan in Texas on August 23, 1930, he grew up in Arizona, learning to play the trumpet from his mother, who herself learned the instrument in the orphanage where she was raised. After a stint in the U.S. Army McMahan settled in Los Angeles, and during the late '50s he signed on with Les Brown's Band of Renown, at that time the house band on NBC's pioneering Steve Allen Show. He also joined Brown for a series of USO tours in support of comedian Bob Hope. In 1967 McMahan was named to the first trumpet position on ABC's The Lawrence Welk Show, serving alongside players including accordionist/assistant conductor Myron Floren, guitarist Buddy Merrill, and violinist Bob Lido -- McMahan remained with the series until production ended in 1982 upon Welk's retirement. In later years, McMahan continued performing in nightclubs across the Los Angeles area. He died at his Van Nuys home of complications from neuropathy and an unrelated blood disease on June 11, 2008.