Mark Ponzo


Mark Ponzo

Mark Ponzo holds the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music with the Performer's Certificate. Ponzo is a Full Professor at Northern Illinois University, where he joined the faculty in 1990. His principal teachers include John Hagstrom, Barbara Butler, Charles Schlueter, George Coble, and Richard Jones.

Ponzo is Solo Cornet with The New Sousa Band and Illinois Brass Band as well as Principal Trumpet of the Fox Valley Orchestra and Antiqua Baroque Consort. He has been a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Mexico City Philharmonic, and Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Ponzo has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Music of the Baroque, Elgin Symphony, Chicago Brass Quintet, Illinois Chamber Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Northwest Indiana Philharmonic, New Philharmonic, Illinois Philharmonic, Millar Brass and Light Opera Works.

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D.M.A., Eastman School of Music


Applied Instruction in Trumpet
Warm-Up Routine Class
Excerpt Class
Solo Class
Trumpet Repertoire Class
Baroque Trumpet Consort



"I offer my students a skills-based approach to the instrument with structured development in the areas of teaching materials and literature.

My studio alumni hold public school and college teaching positions across the country as well as pursue the field of trumpet performance."