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Mark Olen

CMC Big Band Lead Trumpet/Music Director


     Mark Olen is the lead trumpet player with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, considered by many to be one of the finest in the world. Mark has an uncanny ability to communicate the intention and poetry behind the notes on the page.  In addition to playing on numerous TV and Radio commercials, Mark has appeared on the Late Show, and performed with the Woody Herman, Jimmy Dorsey, and the Harry James Big Bands.

    Mark has performed with the American Jazz Philharmonic, Ken Arlen Orchestra, Ralph Carmichael Band, Chicago Bear Band, Chicago Brass Quintet, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Chicago Jazz Ensemble, Chicago Jazz Fest.1991, 92, 2002 & 06, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Da Cornetto Opera, Elgin Symphony, Fairmont Hotel-Lead Trpt., Fine Arts Symphony, Grant Park Orchestra, Green Bay Packer Band, Jazz Members Big Band, Dick Judson Orchestra, New Colony Six, 911 Mambo Orchestra, Niles Symphony, Mark Olen Brazilian Jazz Orchestra, Orchestra of the Americas, Bill Porter Orchestra, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Byron Stripling, and The Ron DeVillers Big Band.

    Mark was a member of orchestras backing Eddy Arnold, Frankie Avalon,  Tony Bennett, Victor Borge, Randy Brecker, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Perry Como, Vic Damone, Billy Eckstein, Kurt Elling, Jon Faddis, Maynard Ferguson, David Foster, The Four Tops, Aretha Franklin,  David Foster, Mitzi Gaynor, Joel Grey, Roy Hargrove, Engelbert Humperdink, Al Jarreau, Ann Jillian, Jack Jones, B. B. King, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Joe Lovano, Manhattan Transfer, Johnny Mathis, Bobby McFerrin, The Moody Blues, Lorrie Morgan, Wayne Newton, Lou Rawls, Arturo Sandoval, Doc Severenson,, George Shearing, Byron Strypling, Suzanne Somers, The Temptations, Mel Torme, Cab Calloway, George Shearing, and Yanni.

Theatre Experience: 1987 present

Oriental Theatre: Wicked, The Producers, Thoroughly Modern Millie; Cadillac Palace Theater: The Color Purple, Les Miserables

Auditorium Theatre: Crazy For You; Arie Crown Theatre: Sound of Music, Peter Pan, Nutcracker,

Chicago Theatre: My Fair Lady, Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber; Marriott Lincolnshire: Anything Goes

Schubert Theatre: Guys and Dolls, Hello Dolly, Camelot, Will Rogers Follies, Goodbye Girl, State Fair, Annie Get Your Gun, The Wiz

Drury Lane Theatre: Man of La Mancha, No No Nannette; Once Upon a Mattress; F.L.S. Resort: Cabaret.

Orchestra/Bands/Ensembles: 1985 present


    Mark is on the faculty at the University of Illinois-Chicago, the College of Lake County, and Oakton Community College.

    Mark received his Bachelor's degree from the Indiana University Music Education Program.


Trumpet Study with

William Adam (Professor Emeritus-Indiana University), George Vosburgh (Principal, Pittsburgh Symphony

Will Scarlett (Chicago Symphony), Dennis Najoom (Milwaukee Symphony), Charles Gorham (Indiana University),

Charles Geyer (Northwestern University, Chicago Symphony)


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