Dr. Mark Ponzo - Trumpet/Flugelhorn
Mark Ponzo holds the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music with the Performer's Certificate. Dr. Ponzo is the Professor of Trumpet at Northern Illinois University, where he joined the faculty in 1990. His principle teachers include John Hagstrom, Barbara Butler, Charles Schlueter, George Coble, and Richard Jones. He performs with the New Sousa Band and has been a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Mexico City Philharmonic, and Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. Mark is a regular substitute with the Elgin Symphony and Chicago Brass Quintet and has performed with the Music of the Baroque, Illinois Chamber Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Illinois Philharmonic, Millar Brass, Light Opera Works, as well as numerous local orchestras.
He has been a featured soloist with The Music of the Baroque, Elgin Symphony, New Sousa Band, Southern Tier Symphony, Kishwaukee Symphony as well as the NIU Philharmonic, Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony.
Dr. Ponzo plays on a Denis Wick 2FL and a 4FL Denis Wick Flugelhorn mouthpiece.