Big Band Express
Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Music Theory, Jazz Improvisation
University of Arizona Bachelor of Music
Classical, Jazz, Rock, Salsa, Pop, Funk
From a young age Michael became fascinated by jazz, which has augmented his classical studies since middle school. In high school, he earned opportunities to play with such premier student groups as the IMEA and Midwest Young Artists big bands. He has studied with Greg Fishman, Ben Schachter and Brice Winston, and performed with jazz greats like Michael Davis, Rufus Reid and Bobby Shew.
Classical saxophone has always been the backbone of his studies. While becoming familiar with the standard solo repertoire, he has also had the opportunity to premiere ensemble pieces like David Maslanka’s 9th Symphony and to perform with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.
Michael is a graduate of the Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance program at the University of Arizona under the instruction of Dr. Kelland Thomas.