Mark Lortz is Director of Bands at Stevenson University (Maryland). Prior to his appointment Mr. Lortz was the Fine Arts Department Chair and Band and Orchestra Director at Westminster High School (Maryland). Under his leadership, the school's music department received awards from the Music Educators National Conference and the Maryland Music Educators Association for exemplary music programs. The marching band has also won titles at numerous regional band competitions, and the Westminster High School Music Department was selected as a national semifinalist Grammy Signature School.
Mr. Lortz earned a University Fellowship at Boyer College of Music and Dance, Temple University (Pennsylvania) and is currently pursuing his doctorate in music education. He has earned degrees in percussion performance, music education and music composition from the Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University. Versed in all styles of music, he served as Associate Music Director and Principal Percussionist for the North American tour of Phantom of the Opera and was Principal Percussionist with The Dallas Brass. He has performed and recorded both as a member and soloist with many of the country’s premier orchestras, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Lortz’s original music, arrangements and transcriptions have been premiered at the prestigious Midwest Clinic, Bands of America National Percussion Festival, universities, music schools, conservatories and high schools throughout the nation. In 2013, the world champion Baltimore Ravens commissioned him to compose a new piece for the Baltimore Ravens Marching Band is performed at every Ravens home football game. He is the brass arranger for the world champion Drum Corps Associates (DCA) Drum & Bugle Corps, The Reading Buccaneers, and has arranged marching band music for high schools and colleges throughout the country. He is constantly in demand as an adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor and is a marching percussion specialist and scholastic educator for the Vic Firth Percussion Education Program. Mr. Lortz has been recognized as one of the 50 Directors Who Make a Difference by School Band & Orchestra magazine.