Michael grew up in Indiana, and began to learn the trumpet at an early age from his father, who was then a high school band director and music teacher. He went on to study Trumpet Performance at Northern Illinois University, receiving a BM in 1985.
Moving to Mexico City, he began his orchestral career as a member of the Filarmónica de la Ciudad de Mexico. The following year he was a founding member of the Filarmónica del Bajio, in Guanajuato. In 1989, Michael took leave to undertake postgraduate studies at Northwestern University, where he received a Masters in Music for Trumpet Performance. He played for one season in Portugal as Principal Trumpet of the Nova Filarmonia Portuguesa. In 1992, he accepted an invitation to return to Mexico as Principal Trumpet of the Sinfonica de la Universidad de Guanajuato. Michael was appointed to the NZSO as Associate Principal Trumpet in 1995 and has been Principal Trumpet since 1997. He resides in Wellington.
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