MSG Cortazzo is a native of Palmerton Pennsylvania. He was appointed bass trombonist of The U.S. Army Blues in 1992. Cortazzo holds a Bachelor's degree in music education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania where he graduated magna cum laude, and a Master of Music degree in bass trombone performance from DePaul University in Chicago, also graduating magna cum laude. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Theory and Composition from The Catholic University of American in Washington, DC. MSG Cortazzo has performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the National Sympnony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra. He has also performed as bass trombonist/tubist with Frank Sinatra Jr., Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow, and many others. In addition to his many performances with The U.S. Army Blues, he currently performs with the National Philharmonic, The Capitol Bones, the Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra, the National Gallery Orchestra and the Washington Trombone Ensemble. A published composer, he is a member of ASCAP. His principal teachers include Charles Vernon, and Lee Southall on trombone; and Larry Nelson, Steven Gorbos, and Andrew Earle Simpson for composition. Cortazzo lives in Arlington, VA, with his wife and daughters.