Mark Tonelli is a musician and educator based in Decatur, IL. He is assistant professor of music and coordinator of the Program in Guitar Studies in the School of Music at Millikin University, where he teaches applied guitar, guitar ensemble, masterclass, guitar pedagogy, improvisation, and is a Coleman Foundation Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellow. He has enjoyed a career performing with artists such as Clay Aiken, Jon Faddis, Rita Moreno, Carol Channing, Lynn Seaton, Denis DeBlasio, Greg Bissonette, Ed Soph, Andrea McArdle, Al Martino, Bobby Rydell, The Coasters, and The Platters. He has been seen on FOX News and is featured in the Emmy-nominated PBS musical special Marina At West Point.
Mark has had residencies in three major music hubs— New York City, Dallas, and Kansas City. In NY he performed at NYC's 55 Bar, Cornelia St. Cafe, and St. Peter's Church; in the Dallas area at Sambuca,The Ft. Worth Jazz Festival, The Dallas Museum of Art, and a two-year weekly residency at My Martini in Arlington; and in Kansas City he has performed at Green Lady Lounge, Blue Room, and The Art Factory. His group has released three critically-acclaimed CD's on the MTonal Music label.
For ten years, Mark was the guitarist for the West Point Band's Jazz Knights, touring and performing in some of the nation's top venues, including Jazz Standard, Blues Alley, Jazz Showcase, Kennedy Center, Jazz Kitchen, Avery Fisher Hall, Count Basie Theatre, The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, and The Midwest Clinic. With the Jazz Knights, Mark performed with a who's who of jazz legends including Benny Golson, Billy Cobham, Bobby Watson, Randy Brecker, Steve Turre, Rufus Reid, Bob Mintzer, John Riley, Claudio Roditi, Adam Nussbaum, as well as the Boston Pops and the New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet.
Mark's music has been featured on National Public Radio's (NPR) All Things Considered, and he has won composition awards from Billboard Magazine and The Great American Song Contest. His large jazz ensemble arrangements are published by UNC Jazz Press and FJH Music, and his music for guitar ensemble is published by Guitar Chamber Press.
Mark's books, Everybody's Jazz Guitar Method and Way To Play: Jazz Guitar Riffs and Chords, are published by the FJH Music Company. Mark has written instructional articles for Guitar Player, Downbeat, The Jazz Education Journal, JazzEd, Jazz Improv, Just Jazz Guitar, and The Instrumentalist. He has made presentations at major music conferences, including the Jazz Education Network and College Music Society national conferences.
Mark holds a doctorate in education from Columbia University, a master of music in jazz studies from the University of North Texas, and a bachelor of music in jazz performance from William Paterson College. He is a D'Addario Fretted Instruments artist.
What They Play
- Neck Material:Mahogany
- Fingerboard Radius:12"
- Neck Profile:Traditional Even C
- Nut:Bone 1 3/4"
- 1st Fret String Height:.022"
- 12th Fret String Height:Bass .078 & Treble .062"
- Fretwire:22 Jescar FW47104
- Scale Length:25"
- Body Style:Otto D'Ambrosio Signature Design
- Body Dimensions:16" x 2 1/4"
- Body Top:Solid Spruce
- Body Back/Sides:Solid Mahogany
- Truss Rod:Single Acting
- Binding:Top and Back
- Binding Material:Maple
- Logo:Maple Headstock
- Inlay:Pearl Thumbnails
- Finish:Gloss Finish
- Hardware Color:Gold
- Tailpiece:Ebony ER Style
- String Spacing:2 3/32"
- Tuners:Gotoh SG301-20GG
- Knobs:Amber Speed Knobs
- Pickup:Lollar Custom Wound Imperial Humbucker
- Pickup Height:3/32"
- Pickup Frame:Black Plastic
- Potentiometers:500K AudioTaper
- Output Jack:Switchcraft
- Strings:D’Addario NYXL .012 - .052
- Case:Hardshell Case