Rock E Bassoon to Perform at Eskenazi Health on March 4

Indianapolis, March 3, 2020 – Popular bassoon-playing instrumental rock group Rock E Bassoon will perform a concert on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital at 720 Eskenazi Ave. The concert will begin at 12:30 p.m. and be held at the north end of the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation Concourse.


Rock E Bassoon is an electric rock band comprised of seven bassoonists and a drummer. Rock E Bassoon performs classic rock and pop, such as Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Metallica, and The Who. Rock E Bassoon’s musicians include three members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, a professor of bassoon at the Butler University School of Music and professional free-lance bassoonists.


Members of Rock E Bassoon include Matthew Gutwein, president and CEO of Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County; Mark Ortwein, acting principal and contra bassoonist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra; Diana Ortega, freelance bassoonist and Ambassador for the Arts; Douglas Spaniol, bassoon professor at Butler University‘s Jordan College of Fine Arts; Mike Muszynski, second bassoon of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra; Kelly Swensson, freelance bassoonist, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra; Craig Hetrick, assistant principal timpani/percussion of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra; and Kara Stolle, who plays with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.


Rock E Bassoon has been featured on WFYI (NPR), in the Indianapolis Star, NBC’s WTHR-TV 13, and on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom radio show. They have shared the stage with Indianapolis’s leading artists at Tonic Ball, a fundraising event drawing in performances by the area’s top artists across multiple stages to raise funds for Second Helpings, a food rescue and hunger relief initiative in Indianapolis.


Rock E Bassoon has raised charitable funds for the ACLU of Indiana, a nonprofit organization “dedicated to defending and protecting the individual rights and personal freedom for all”, The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis’s Spotlight, a fundraising performing arts event that raises funds for HIV/ Aids treatment, prevention and testing programs, and Eskenazi Health, the public hospital division of Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County. Rock E Bassoon was featured at Newfields’ Inaugural Octoberfest Celebration and performed at the 2018 Indianapolis Colts opening home game of the season.


All music performances at Eskenazi Health are made possible by the Marianne Tobias Music Program, which brings music to the patients, visitors and staff at Eskenazi Health.


Through her gift to endow the Marianne Tobias Music Program at Eskenazi Health and her donation of the concert grand piano at the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, Tobias has brought the joyful and soothing sounds of music to Eskenazi Health. Her efforts coincided with Eskenazi Health’s vision of developing a public art program engaging in all forms of art for the enjoyment of patients, visitors and staff. Parking is available in the Eskenazi Health Parking Garage.


To learn more about the Marianne Tobias Music Program, and to find a list of upcoming concerts, please visit

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