Mike played a muted pasage at the St. Mary's Fall Festival, September 9, 2006.
|Mike played lead trombone in the 2003 fund raising dance for the Children's Hospital Assocation of St. Paul.|
|Role in Roseville Big Band:||
Lead trombone; Mike has also written several arrangements and compositions for the band.
April, 1996; indefinite leave of absence beginning June 2012
Retired airline pilot
Mike also performs with the Nova Jazz Band and the Ridges Prince of Peace Big Band and leads the Indian Head Council Boy Scout Jazz Band. At St. Michael's in Bloomington, he directs the orchestra and performs with the Good News Big Band and the brass ensemble. He led the orchestra in his arrangement of "Great is Thy Faithfulness" in the summer of 2001.
His arrangements have been performed by the Diamond Valley Big Band in Melbourne, Australia, and several Twin Cities ensembles, including the Good News Big Band and the Nova Jazz Band. The Minneapolis Trombone Choir and Apple Valley High School jazz band (with extra trombonists) have performed Mike's composition, "Gopher Baroque".
Mike is the leader of and principal arranger for the septet Jazz Etc., which includes trumpet, trombone, tenor sax, guitar, bass, drums, and vocalist.
After retiring in 2006, Mike joined the Commemorative Air Force, whose hangar dances the Roseville Big Band has performed for since the late 1970's. In 2006, Mike created a swing medley of the United States military service songs, to premiere at the spring hangar dance.
In addition to the service song medley, Mike's arrangements include "Silver's Serenade", "'Round Midnight," "Grace Yourself," "Jordu," "Wave," and an arrangement of "I'll Remember April" based on Tom Padveen's trombone choir version. His compositions for the band include "Teaser" and "Casa del Sol."
Mike latest arrangement for the Roseville Big Band is a vocal quartet version of "G. I. Jive," which he created for the Rosetones to sing with the band. It received its premiere performance at the Spring 2007 Commemorative Air Force dance.