Here's an interview with Michael in 2020:
What instrument(s) do you play?
Trombone, Bass Trombone
How long have you played your instrument(s)?
Began playing in 1968...(52 years)
How long have you been a Wilmington Symphony Orchestra musician?
Started playing with the WSO in the mid - 1990's as a sub. Usually second or bass trombone part as needed. I auditioned to be a member when a retired in 2011. Altogether I have been playing with the orchestra for 25 years.
What do you do for a career?
I am a retired instrumental music educator. I was privileged to teach 6th through 12th grade and also a few years at the Community College Level. Altogether I taught 36 years and enjoyed being a mentor to many of my students.
Where did you grow up?
My parents met in Europe after World War II, so I along with my sibling were born in Germany & France. Lived there until I was 11. During that time my parents exposed us to many beautiful musical experiences that shaped my love of music. We moved to the Washington D.C. area in 1967. Here is where I began to take interest in playing in an instrumental ensemble. My father would take me to listen to all the service bands downtown almost every week. Those were special memories I will always cherish with my Dad.
What is your favorite song, artist, and/or musical memory?
My favorite music memory would have to be a concert I attended at the Kennedy Center back in the late 70's. The Chicago Symphony... playing an all Wagner Concert.... Flying Dutchman Overture, followed by Tannhauser Overture... Die Meistersinger Overture, Tristan und Isolde Overture. We had perfect seats... Third row... I'll never forget that sound between the intensity of the string section and the massive power of the brass...
Favorite meal or restaurant?
Tavern On the Green (courtyard & garden seating)
New York (Central Park)
What is your favorite vacation?
I have enjoyed visited all types of waterfalls...
You're stuck on a desert island... What book, music/album/artist and/or movie do you want with you??
Can't go wrong with.... Mozart, Stan Getz and since I'm a trombonist ... Bill Watrous Quartet
What's your pet situation?
We have an English Cocker Spaniel named Max.
He is very lovable and sweet :)
What do you want people to know about the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra?
People should know that the musicians are truly serious about their craft. We care about the music and performing it as professionally as possible.
How are you keeping yourself occupied while being at home all day?
I divide up my day as much as possible :)
Each day is a bit different but I try to have this three components in it. Exercise, Practice and Prayer.
Any words of wisdom to help others through this pandemic?
Keep connected with friends, family and neighbors! Don't become a recluse... try to make a difference in someone else's live. Reach out each day :)
Christine Maynard, Concertmaster
Mary Jo White