Mark Buselli
Mark Buselli
Professor of Music Performance (Jazz Studies)
Director of Jazz Ensembles


Room:MU 117D

Mark Buselli has been on the Indianapolis music scene for almost 30 years. Together with musical partner Brent Wallarab they started the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra (BWJO) in 1994 and have ten recordings out on the Owlstudios and Patois record labels.

Mark also has two small group recordings out on the OA2 label and one self- released on his MAB label.

Since 2004 the BWJO has had the honor of performing with the American Pianists Association in the Gala Finals held at the Hilbert Theatre in Indianapolis.

Buselli was a featured trumpet soloist along with Larry Hall on the award-winning short film “Claire and the Keys” released in 2015.

As an educator/adjudicator, Mark was a semi-finalist judge for the 2017 Essentially Ellington competition held at Lincoln Center in NYC and has served as a finalist for the National Jazz Trumpet Competition.

Mark is also Director of Jazz Studies at Ball State University and has taken his college bands on tours of Russia, China, Germany, Italy, France, Poland, Switzerland, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic and, just recently to Dizzy’s Club in NYC.

As a composer/arranger, Buselli has over fifty arrangements published for big bands, brass ensemble, and piano/trumpet.

He has performed with many notable artists and has played for four United States presidents.

Mark is a Yamaha performing artist and the Director of the Jazz track for the Music For All Summer Symposium. Mark resides in Indianapolis with his wife Andrea and daughter Sophia.

Some of his awards/honors include:

  • 2010-11 BSU College of Fine Arts Dean’s Creative Arts Award
  • Creative Renewal grant from the Indianapolis Arts Council in 2005
  • Teacher of the year award in 2004 at Butler University
  • Creative Vision award from NUVO in May of 2007
  • Top ten CD release of 2009 (Dec 09) in JAZZIZ magazine for "An Old Soul” by the BWJO
  • Top 100 CD of the decade (Jan 10) in DownBeat magazine for the BWJO release of "Basically Baker"
  • 2012 Jazz Times Critics poll as being one of the five finalists for Large Jazz Ensemble of the year (BWJO)
  • 2016 Basically Baker vol. 2 release (BWJO) named as one of the best releases of 2016 by DownBeat.
  • 2017 inductee into the Indianapolis Jazz Hall of Fame.
  • The late David Baker personally picked the BWJO to record his music.