Specialist Kenny Ortiz was raised in Caguas, Puerto Rico, USA. In 2015 he completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance and enlisted in the U.S. Army a year later. He has previously been stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Some of his career highlights include performing at the Casals Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for the funeral of former President George H. W. Bush, and the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France. Here at the SHAPE International Band, Specialist Ortiz leads the trombone section in the NATO Jazz Orchestra, plays trombone in the NATO Brass Ambassadors and Task Force X, and serves as an arranger.