Education and Background
Mark Russo holds a Bachelor of Art in Applied Music, Woodwind Performance from Berklee College of Music.
Mark plays a variety of instruments, including flute, saxophone, clarinet, and oboe and has studied with Joseph Viola, Andy McGhee, and Frank Foster. Mark has done classical studies with Sal Amato, NBC Orchestra, NY; James Matheson, SF Opera; and Joan Butterfield, Dallas Symphony.
Mark has toured with Vic Damone, Mel Torme, Albert King, and Albert Collins and has performed with world-class tenor Pete Christlieb from the Tonight Show, Barry Manilow, the American Musical Theatre, and TheatreWorks of Mountain View. He has also played with the San Jose Civic Light Orchestra, the Full Faith and Credit Band, and various big bands. Mark has produced two Christmas albums on the M&M Productions label, as well as three Swing CD compilations. He is an active performer in classical, jazz, and blues.
“My approach as a teacher, performer, and role model is to promote a good foundation and understanding of wind instruments. I focus on reading music, tone production, and developing patience when practicing and performing.”