Mark Lortz is band and orchestra director at Westminster High School (Westminster, Maryland), where he directs the Orchestra, Concert and Marching Bands, Percussion Ensemble, Colorguard and Electronic & Computer Music Program. Under his leadership, the school’s music department has 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 semi-finalist Grammy Signature School.
Earned degrees from The Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University, Mr. Lortz majored in percussion performance, music education and composition. He has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Chamber Symphony, the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, the Baltimore Opera Orchestra, the Gettysburg Symphony, The Dallas Brass, the New York Pops Orchestra, and in orchestras with various concert and theatrical productions.
Mr. Lortz’s original music, arrangements and transcriptions have been premiered at the prestigious Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Bands of America National Percussion Festival, universities, music schools, conservatories and high schools throughout the nation. He is the Front Ensemble coordinator and 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. In 2006, Mr. Lortz was recognized as one of the “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” by School Band & Orchestra magazine.