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Carlos Ortiz IV attended Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. There he studied classical trumpet under the direction of Galindo Rodriguez. During this time, he established himself as a versatile trumpet player performing in numerous jazz, funk and R&B bands in Louisiana as well as in Texas. Carlos was also part of the NSU Symphony where he was principal chair and co-principal of the NSU Wind Symphony. He was the first recipient of the Dave Hardin Jazz Scholarship and conducted the jazz band on numerous occasions at the Jazz R&B festival in Natchitoches, LA.
After graduating from NSU with a Bachelor in Classical Trumpet, Carlos went on to pursue his Masters in Jazz at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. There he studied with Mike Tomaro, Dr. John Wilson, and Sean Jones. While at Duquesne, Carlos again established himself as a versatile trumpet player by performing in various groups and forming his own group, Chico’s Quintet. His Quintet performed at numerous...
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