About Mark Yannie…


Mark Yannie has been playing Saxophone, Clarinet, and Flute professionally in the Twin Cities area since 1999. He has played for many national acts, toured, and freelanced for years in the Orlando/Tampa, Florida area, and Cleveland, Ohio. Currently his ensembles: the Swing Trio, Jazz Quartet, Small Big Band, and Classical Duo can be heard locally in a variety of settings. Videos and sounds of the groups can be visited at www.livemusicjazz.com.

In the past, Mark has toured with Melissa Manchester, Wayne Newton, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. He has had steady engagements with Norwegian, Princess, and Scandinavian World Cruise Lines, The Grand Floridian, and Seaworld Renaissance Hotels, and has also played as a back-up musician for many entertainers including: Rosemary Clooney, Vic Damone, Al Martino, Patti Page, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Rich Little, Bob Hope, Martha Raye, Bobby Rydell, Lou Rawls, George Burns, Carol Channing, Don Rickles, Dianne Carrol, Frank Gorshin, Charo, Martha Raye, Duke Daniels, and Jack Jones. He has worked as a pit musician in Tampa, Orlando, Minneapolis, and St. Paul, and as an auxiliary member of the Jacksonville Symphony. Mark has taught as an adjunct at the College of St. Benedict/St. Johns University and Crown College, currently teaches privately and is an adjunct at Crown College where he teaches Woodwind Methods and saxophone and clarinet.


Mark Yannie

Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute

        1999- present          Free-lance Musician, woodwind instruments, Minneapolis/St. Paul
                                           Contracting Musical Groups—Live Music http://www.livemusicjazz.com
        1985- 1999              Free-lance Musician, woodwind instruments, Central Florida
        1995- 1997              Jazz Quartet, Seaworld Renaissance Hotel, Orlando, Florida
        1986- 1995              Little Big Band Music Productions (own business)
                                           Conventions- Orlando area, Scandinavian World Cruises, 
                                           Mt. Dora Art Festival, Images Festival, New Smyrna Beach, Florida               
                                           Responsible for procuring work, hiring of musicians, leading of
                                           performances, payroll, and acquiring, developing, maintaining library
        1989-1991               MGM Studio Sax Quintet
        1989                        Wayne Newton- U.S. and Canadian tour
        1988                        Grand Floridian Hotel Band
        1987                        Melissa Manchester- Florida tour
        1985-1986               Contractor of Musicians- Premier Cruise Lines, Cape Canaveral, Florida
        1984-1985               Princess Cruise Lines, Los Angeles, California
        1983-1984               Norwegian Caribbean Lines, Miami, Florida
        1980                        Glenn Miller Orchestra- U.S. and European tour


Westside Story, Singing in the Rain, Lady Be Good, Can-Can, Guys and Dolls, Bye-Bye Birdie, Grand Hotel, Teddy and Alice, Gypsy, Anything Goes, Timbuktu, Annie Get your Gun, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown (McKnight), Merrily We Roll Along (Guthrie Lab)

BACK-UP FOR SHOWS             

Susan Anton, Frankie Avalon, George Burns, Red Buttons, Dianne Carrol, Carol Channing, Charo, Rosemary Clooney, Vic Damone, Duke Daniels, Phyllis Diller, Lola Falana, Eddie Fisher, The Four Aces, The Four Tops, Frank Gorshin, Bob Hope, Jack Jones, Shirley Jones, The King Sisters, Carol Lawrence, Rich Little, Al Martino, The Marvelettes, Andrea McArdle, Jim Nabors, Bob Newhart, Helen O'Connell, Donald O'Conner, Patti Page, Martha Raye, Lou Rawls, Bobby Rydell, Dinah Shore, Kaye Starr, Enzo Stuarti, The Temptations, Tommy Tune, Jerry Vale, Frankie Valli, Bobby Vinton


Pastiche –CSB/SJU Faculty Ensemble 10/01, Many performances with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra ’96-‘99, Florida Orchestra- Tampa,  Cleveland Civic Orchestra, Ohio Ballet, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Montreaux Jazz Festival, Nice Jazz Festival, Akron Jazz Workshop,


          "The You In Me" -Solo Album --2000
           (Listen at:) http://www.livemusicjazz.com/CD_page.htm
        GMO: Live in Europe—1980

MEMBERSHIPS          --American Federation of Musicians
           2009-present        Crown College-St. Bonifacius, MN
                                       Adjunct Instructor of Jazz Ensemble, Applied Saxophone, Clarinet
           2007-2009           Hopkins High School-Group Instruction
        2005-2006           St. Louis Park High School- Private Instruction
        2004-2005           My Music –Golden Valley, Minnesota
        2000-2003           College of Saint Benedict/St. John's University
                             St Joseph/Collegeville, Minnesota
                             Instructor of Applied Woodwinds- Adjunct
        1991-1992          Private instrumental Instruction, Orlando, Florida
        1979-1980          University of Akron- Graduate Assistant Jazz Studies-
        1974-1978          Cleveland Supplementary Educational Center -Cleveland, Ohio
Individual and group instruction in music.


        1983                        Master of Music, Performance Clarinet (Concentration: Woodwinds)
                                        University of Akron, Akron, Ohio
        1979                        Bachelor of Music, Performance Saxophone
                                        University of Akron, Akron, Ohio
                                        Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, Berea, Ohio
                                        Eastman Jazz Workshop
           1993                        Master of Library and Information Science
                                        University of South Florida- Tampa, Florida


"The You In Me"

by Mark Yannie

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