Mike is the new Director of the School of Music at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. He most recently served at Ohio University as professor and Director of the School of Music. In Ohio he taught courses in jazz studies, entrepreneurship, and directed the New Music Ensemble. He leads JAZZ SPOKEN HERE and the TRINITY JAZZ ENSEMBLE. He previously served as chair at Webster University where he co-created the Certificate in Entrepreneurship/Music and expanded international study opportunities. He founded the New Music Ensemble and the Mini Big Band. From 1985-1997 he was Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He also served at Case Western Reserve University and Furman University. Mike has been active in media/marketing/advertising/broadcasting and has long advocated the equal importance of developing outstanding musical and entrepreneurial skills for success.

As a new member of the P. Mauriat family of trumpet educational specialists, playing the 655 Bb in brass lacquer. Mike has stated: “I am thrilled to join P. Mauriat as a clinician and performer.  I have found the P. Mauriat trumpets to be world class in manufacturing, finishing, balance, comfort in my hands, and outstanding in ease of playing and tonal projection in all registers.”

A Tennessee native, Mike received the DMA in conducting from Cincinnati, the MM in trumpet Kent State, and the BMEd from North Texas.  He studied trumpet with Frank Brown, John Haynie, Harry Herforth, Phil Morehead and Marie Speziale; and conducting with Kelly Hale, Robert Hornyak, Donald Hunsberger, David Kuehn, and Terry Milligan.  He also attended the University of Tennessee, Eastman School of Music, and Berklee College of Music. His primary influences are Bob Brookmeyer, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Bill Scarlett, Kenny Werner, and Kenny Wheeler.  

Mike has appeared as a guest clinician/performer at schools and festivals across the United States.  He has directed ensembles for conventions of the International Association for Jazz Education, the International Electronic Music Plus Festival, the Music Educators National Conference (now NAfME), the Society of Composers, and the Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio and South Carolina Music Educators conferences. He is the author of BASIE, BEBOP, BALLADS & BLUES, a highly respected guide to jazz ensemble repertoire, and BEYOND THE BLUES, a guide to editing and rehearsal techniques.  

Since 1993, Mike has taught and performed in Poland and was named Amicus Poloniae by the Republic of Poland. He received the Jess Cole Award from the Missouri Association of Jazz Educators, and is a Friend of the Arts for Sigma Alpha Iota.  He has performed with artists including Bob Brookmeyer, Gary Foster, Bobby Watson, Gary Wittner, and Phil Woods, and Polish artists Joachim Mencel, Janusz Muniak, Jacek Niedziela, Wlodek Pawlik and Dominik Wania.  His experience includes shows such as George Burns, Glen Campbell, Rosemary Clooney, and the Manhattan Transfer and recordings with harpist Michelle Himmell, the Spirit of Kansas City Orchestra, the St. Thomas Quartet, Kirby Shaw, and commercial jingles and soundtracks.   Mike has also worked with composers including Robert Cooper, Donald Erb, Donald Freund, Gay Holmes Spears, and Mark Phillips.

Mike is a member of the American Federation of Musicians, the College Music Society, Jazz Education Network, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda, and the United Methodist Church, and is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi, Sigma Alpha Iota and Tau Beta Sigma.  His interests include Formula 1, politics, and Polish studies.  He is married to Charlene Hanson, a distinguished choral conductor and native of North Dakota. The Parkinson’s reside in Murfreesboro with their daughter Natalia.