"My One Vibe is everything that I had hoped for and more. The sound of the instrument is “Pure” and incorporates a perfect combination of traditional and modern vibraphone. The frame is modern, sleek, super sturdy and easy to assemble. The smooth pedal and gas spring height adjustments are a cinch to maneuver. The fans in the resonators are magnetically operated so that there is never a need to hook up belts. The variable speed motor is completely silent and smooth and automatically leaves the fans in an open position when turned off. To top things off, the resonators have the unique Marimba One design which sets this instrument apart from any other. This is certainly the best vibraphone that I have ever played."
Michael studied percussion with Jim Petercsak at the Crane School of Music at the State University College of New York (SUNY) Potsdam and graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. He later attended the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University under the tutelage of Keith Copeland and graduated in 1990 with a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies. Michael served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant to Dan Morgenstern at the Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies.
Michael has performed and/or recorded with jazz luminaries Gary Smulyan, Harry Allen, Dick Oatts, Steve Nelson, Sharel Cassity, Bruce Barth, Joe Locke, Rene Flemming, Gene Bertoncini, Marian McPartland, J.R. Monterose and Nick Brignola. He was a member of the Spike Jones Orchestra and the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. He has toured the United States extensively, performing at numerous concert halls, colleges, clubs and festivals and has performed in Europe. In 2012, Michael went on a US State Department tour of Tunisia, Africa where he taught and performed with the Planet Arts Trio.
Michael is currently the leader of three ensembles, Jazz Vibes, BOPITUDE and The Gary McFarland Legacy Ensemble. He has released five recordings to date. Downbeat Magazine picked BOPITUDE “Five and One” as one of the Best Albums of 2013. His most recent release, “Circulation: The Music of Gary McFarland”, was an Editor’s pick in Downbeat Magazine and listed as one of the Best Jazz Albums of 2015 by National Public Radio and critics Ted Gioa and Scott Yanow.
Michael is a highly regarded educator and taught high school band, jazz band and music theory in the Northern Catskill Region of New York State for twenty-five years. Michael has an extensive history as a clinician and guest conductor for high school honor jazz ensembles. He has served as the past president of the Albany Musicians Union and the Greene County Music Educators Association.
Michael is an Artist Endorser for One Vibe by Marimba One, Grover Pro Percussion, Soultone Cymbals and Regal Tip Drumsticks.