Mike Neumeyer is a versatile musician, educator, and composer based in Milwaukee, WI. As a composer, Mike has written with one unique focus being marimba and voice. One of Mike’s marimba and voice works, The Power of Music, was used in the documentary In Pursuit of Passion. Mike Neumeyer’s compositions have been published by C. Alan Publications and through self-publishing. His works have been commissioned by The UWSP Percussion Ensemble, The Oak Creek Percussion Ensemble, and various groups in Wisconsin and Washington.
Mike’s work Mikayla for euphonium and marimba was recorded and released by euphonium artist David Abellan Garcia at Banda Municipal de Musica de Bilbao in Bilbao, Spain and newest work Emergent has been premiered by Don and DJ Palmire of The US Army Pershing’s Own. Mike’s latest recordings include “Comprovisations,” a 3-volume collection of relaxing marimba solos and “E-Miketronic Music,” an album of innovative and vintage soundscapes. His new vibraphone solo album “Cloud Nine” recently came out in 2019, with a new marimba album “Marimba Maverick” coming out in 2020.
Mike is on faculty at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), teaching music business, film scoring and percussion. He is the co- caption head with The Oak Creek Marching Knights (6 consecutive year State Champions) and works with the Oak Creek-Franklin School District as a percussion specialist. From 2014-2018 Mike acted as percussion coordinator of the UW-Milwaukee Youth Percussion Ensemble in accordance with UWM Youth Wind Ensembles. Mr. Neumeyer has performed and presented at Percussive Arts Society events as well as the Wisconsin Music Educators Association. Mike continues to perform marimba, vibraphone and piano at libraries, schools and private events and also plays vibraphone with jazz fusion duo Kunsmeyer and Hindustani trio “Maya No Maya.”
In 2007, Mike graduated with a Bachelor of Music from The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he studied voice, percussion, and music education with Dr. Robert Peavler, Robert Rosen, and Dr. Judy Bond, respectively. During this time, Mr. Neumeyer also studied conducting with Dr. Brendan Caldwell and composition with Dr. Charles Rochester Young. In 2011, Mike earned a Master of Music Degree in Instrumental Conducting from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he studied with Dr. John Climer. While at UW-Milwaukee, Mike also studied percussion with Carl Storniolo and composition with Dr. Keith Carpenter and Steve Nelson-Raney. Mike is an endorser of Marimba One instruments and mallets as an Educational Artist.