Stevenson Names Mark Lortz Band Director

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Mr. Mark Lortz



Pep Band to Launch for Fall 2011 Football Season

With the arrival of football and a new stadium to open in fall 2011, Stevenson University has appointed music director, composer, and educator Mark Lortz to develop a new marching band that reflects the winning Mustang spirit on and off the field. Lortz, who has arranged marching band music for high schools and colleges across the country, is currently the band and orchestra director for Westminster (MD) High School and has been recognized as one of the “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” by School Band & Orchestra magazine.

“Mark’s dedication to music education and long experience directing bands is unmatched,” said Paul D. Lack, Ph.D., Dean and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Stevenson. “He has a passion for marching bands which will be essential for building this new program and drawing in current and prospective student musicians.”

Stevenson plans to have a marching band on the field this fall to serve as a pep band during the inaugural season of Mustang football. The team will compete in the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC). Stevenson is also building a new stadium on its Owings Mills campus to host its football, field hockey, soccer, and lacrosse games.

“I am truly excited to be joining Stevenson University,” Lortz said. “I have witnessed the growth of the University over the past several years and have seen the excitement that its Mustang athletics teams bring to the field. A marching band will only help build on that proud spirit for students, parents, and alumni.”

Lortz has taught music at McDaniel College and Carroll Community College and arranges music for the Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps and the Towson University Marching Band. Under his leadership, the Westminster High music department has received awards from the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and the Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA) for exemplary music programs. The Westminster marching band has won titles at several Bands of America (BOA) and United States Scholastic Band Association (USSBA) regional marching band competitions as well as being selected as a national semi-finalist Grammy Signature School.

Lortz earned both his bachelor’s and master’s in music from The Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University, majoring in percussion performance, music education, and composition. 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 the principal percussionist with The Dallas Brass. He has performed as timpanist and/or percussionist with such leading ensembles as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Opera, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society. He has also appeared as a guest soloist with the New York Pops Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Oregon Symphony, the Cedar Rapids Symphony, and others. He has nearly a dozen performance recordings to his credit, including four with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the baton of David Zinman.

Lortz’s original music, arrangements, and transcriptions have premiered at the prestigious Mid West Band and Orchestra Clinic, BOA National Percussion Festival, universities, music schools, conservatories, and high schools throughout the nation. His music compositions are published by FJH Music, Northeastern Music, and TRN Music. He is constantly in demand as a composer, arranger, adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor, and is a Marching Percussion Specialist and Scholastic Educator for the Vic Firth Percussion Education Program. Lortz has received composition awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Stevenson is the third-largest independent university in Maryland with more than 3,900 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult accelerated degrees in the classroom and online. The University is committed to providing a career-focused education and historically has placed 95 percent of its students in jobs or graduate programs upon graduation.


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