MENDEL LEE is a composer, musician, and educator residing in New Orleans, LA. He is currently the Assistant Director of Bands at Tulane University, the director of the Green Wave Brass Band, co-founder and co-director of the Green Wave Winds, the founder and co-director of the nienteForte Contemporary Music Festival, and a performing member of Versipel New Music. His music has been commissioned by internationally renowned timpanist David Constantine (former Assistant Principal Timpanist of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra), The Concert Singers (Los Angeles), the Xavier University Symphonic Winds (Cincinnati), Liminal Space, the West Chester University Percussion Ensemble, and the Portland Percussion Group.
Mendel is an Innovative Percussion Educational Artist whose award-winning marching band and drumline arrangements have been performed by numerous high schools, colleges, and independent marching organizations based throughout the east and west coast. In his debut year as the creative designer for the Hermiston High School Marching Band based out of Hermiston, OR, his show design earned them placement in finals for the first time in their program’s decades-long history. During his tenure with the Tulane University Marching Band, he has helped coordinate logistics for their performances in high profile national events and television coverage including the 2009 New Orleans Saints Superbowl Victory Parade, the 2009 Krewe of NFL Kickoff Parade, the 2011 Wheel of Fortune College Week, the 2013 Fox and Friends Super Bowl Week broadcast, and CBS’s critically-acclaimed NCIS: New Orleans during the 2015 Mardi Gras season.