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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.