This spring, Mark Lortz, Interim Director of Music and Director of Bands, had the honor of directing the United States Army Field Band as they prepared for the Norsk Militær (Norwegian Military) Tattoo. The tattoo, which was held April 20-21, is a military music show held every two years with participants from Norway and abroad. With more than 800 participants on stage, it is Norway's largest indoor show.
Lortz was contacted by the Army Field Band— one of six premiere military bands in the world—to help design the show and then teach it to the band members. “Many of the band members have never had marching experience, except for boot camp,” Lortz explains. “I met with the design team to get an initial idea of the program and offer suggestions on what would be the most impactful moments of the show.” He also spent several rehearsals with the band working on marching fundamentals, choreography, and musical performance.
“The Army band was the only U.S. band invited to the prestigious international event and represented our country proudly,” says Lortz.
To view a video showing the band practicing and an interview with Mark Lortz, click the link below.