Mario Ortiz, B.M. '93, M.M. '95

Mario Ortiz, B.M. '93, M.M. '95Mario Ortiz, B.M. ‘93, M.M. ‘95, has been nominated for a Latin Grammy in the category of “Best Salsa Album of the Year.” The album, “Mario Ortiz All Star Band Tributo 45 Aniversario,” distributed by Sony is a tribute to his late father, Mario Ortiz, a revered bandleader and arranger in Puerto Rico.  The album features many of today’s salsa mega artists including Gilberto Santa Rosa, Cheo Feliciano, Andy Montanez, Ismael Miranda, Bobby Cruz, and Richie Ray.  The featured song on this album, “Chinita,” features Gilberto Santa Rosa and was ranked in the top 20 songs in Billboard for 23 weeks in Puerto Rico. In addition to his performance achievements, Mario Ortiz is a national certified music teacher for Miami-Dade County Public Schools and is a music teacher at Ben Sheppard Elementary and Ernest Graham Elementary in Hialeah, Florida.