bassist and tuba player from Washington, D.C., who attended DePaul
College, and the University of Miami. His teachers included Floyd Cooley,
James Jenkins, Gene Pokorny, Chester Schmitz, Bob
Tucci, and Conni Weldod.
In 2003, he
became a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Other groups with which he has
worked include the Boston Pops, the BSO Brass Quintet, the BU Symphony
Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the
Classical Festival Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, Rosie O’Grady’s
Dixieland Jazz Band, Rosie O’Grady’s Good Time Jazz Band, the Samford Wind Ensemble, the Sam Rivers RivBea Jazz Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and
the Walt Disney World Orchestra.
February 2011, he premiered Gunther Schuller’s “Concerto No. 2 for Tuba and
Orchestra” with the BU Symphony Orchestra at the Tsai Performance
Center. It was sandwiched between Johannes
Brahms’ “Symphony No. 4, Op. 98” and Franz Joseph Haydn’s
prelude to The Creation.
The BSO Brass
Quintet appeared at Congregational Church in Plainfield, Massachusetts,
on 25th July 2011.
Their program comprised Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Fantasia”,
Oskar Bohme’s “Trompeten-sextett in E
flat, Op. 30”, Eugene Bozza’s “Sonatine for Brass”, and Paul Hindemith’s “Morgenmusik”.
April 2012, they performed Ivan Jevtic’s “Quintette Victoria”
and “Three Slavonic Madrigals”, and Schuller’s
“Music for Brass Quintet” at the Shalin Liu
in Rockport, Massachusetts. The evening also included works by
Malcolm Arnold and Leonard Bernstein.
which Mike appears include Teutonic
Tales, the title track of which was dedicated to him by composer Robert
In the field
of music education, he has taught at Boston
University, the New England
Conservatory, Rollins College, the University
of Central Florida, and Yale University.