Mike has always had one constant in his musical journey: Steelband. Whether is it was playing with the Waubonsee Community College Steelbands, the U-Iowa PanAmerican Steelband, the incredible NIU World Steelband, or performing with Silver Stars in the Trinidad Panorama, he has always made time for his passion for the music and instruments of Trinidad and Tobago. He has studied steelpan solo repertoire and improvisation with Liam Teague during his time at NIU.
Education is the key to the future of music and of humanity. Mike is an active clinician and educator on the subjects of percussion, steelpan, and chamber music. He is available and qualified to teach private lessons and ensembles on percussion and steelpan. He is always glad to have new students! Send Mike a message to inquire about lesson options and availability. Lessons given in person and via Skype.
Clinics and Masterclasses are a great way to introduce topics to larger audiences. Mike is available as a clinician on the topics of improvisation, steelpan technique, steelpan history, ensemble playing and other areas of percussion musicianship.
Mike is a member of the Vic Firth Education Team.