Mark J. Lenz, Nevada native, earned a B.A. in Applied Music from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1973 and a Master of Music in Trombone Performance from New England Conservatory of Music in 1975. He began his orchestral career as a trombonist in the Chautauqua (NY) Symphony and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra that year, and served as Second/Utility Trombone in the Rochester Philharmonic until 1988, shifting to the study of law. He earned his J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1991. He has been composing for more than forty years, much of it for (they mightsay “against”) the Great Basin Brass Quintet.