Mark Ortwein Style - Pack of 5 (Danzi or Rigotti)


Mark Ortwein Style - Pack of 5 (Danzi or Rigotti)

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Mark Ortwein is the assistant principal bassoonist and contrabassoonist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He is a Yamaha Performing Artist on saxophones and bassoon, and is also a D’Addario Woodwinds artist.

A versatile performer, Mark plays all the saxophones, clarinets, flutes, and bassoons. Mark has studied bassoon with William Winstead at CCM, Matt Ruggiero at Boston University, Crawford Best at Loyola University. Mark also studied saxophone with Paul McGinley, Garvin Bushell, Craig Yancey, Jeff Barash, and has studied woodwind doubling with John Reilly.

In June 2003, Mark was the featured soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under the baton of John Williams, playing the second live performance of Williams’s “Escapades for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra.” Mark is an active studio musician and records regularly for the Hal Leonard and Alfred Publishing Companies, as well as many other projects. He teaches bassoon at the University of Indianapolis and is a founding member of the Icarus Ensemble (jazz quintet); Icarus’s first CD came out the end of

He also recently formed a jazz fusion group, the HetWein Futet.

Mark was a member of United States Air Force Band at March Air Force Base in California as a Saxophonist (and woodwind doubler) for four years, then moved to the US Air Force Academy where he was the Principal Bassoonist with the United States Air Force Band of the Rockies for four years.

Primary musical studies: Bassoon and Jazz Saxophone, Loyola University of New Orleans; Bachelor’s Degree in Bassoon Performance, Boston University; Master’s Degree in Bassoon Performance, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music

Teachers included: William Winstead, Matthew Ruggiero, Crawford Best, Yoshi Ishikawa, Jon Beebe, Paul McGinley, Garvin Bushnell, John Reilly, Steve Tavaglione


Wire placement for the Mark Ortwein style:

I put the second wire 17 mm from the butt, 1st wire 8-9mm above that, so several mm of shoulder. I bevel 9mm from the butt, so 3rd wire goes about 8mm from the butt. I also use a 4th wire.

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