Originally from Gaithersburg, MD Mike Waddell is a musician currently based in the Northeast Ohio area. Mike is currently a full time Visiting Instructor of Music at Hiram College where he directs the Wind Ensemble, Pep Band, teaches Low Brass Lessons, and other music courses such as Musicianship and Music Technology. In addition to his work at Hiram Mike served as a Temporary Faculty member (Sabbatical Replacement) at Indiana University of Pennsylvania during the Spring 2019 semester where he taught applied Tuba/Euphonium lessons and conducted the Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble. He has also served as Director of Education at the Columbus Brass Academy since 2015.
In addition to his work as an educator, Mike is also an active performer. He is Currently Solo Euphonium with the Brass Band of the Western Reserve, and Solo Euphonium, Assistant Conductor, and Board of Directors President (501c3 non-profit) with the Central Ohio Brass Band. Formerly he has been Solo Euphonium with the Dublin Silver Band(2014-2016) and first baritone of the Georgia Brass Band (2012-2014). Mike is also a founding member of the Atlas Tuba-Euphonium Quartet.
He can be heard on multiple recordings of the Keystone Wind Ensemble on the Klavier Label, and on the album Versatile Southern Rock and Roll from Southern rock band Rye. Also active in solo and chamber music performance, recent engagements have included residencies, masterclasses, and performances at Capital University, The University of Akron, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Austin Peay State University, Murray State University, Western Kentucky University, University of Memphis , The International Tuba - Euphonium Conference , and the Burleson TX Tuba - Euphonium Project.
Successful as a musical competitor Mike was winner of both the Johnstown Symphony Young Artist Competition and Indiana University of PA's concerto contest in 2010. He was also winner of Georgia State University's concerto competition in 2012.
As an educator Mike has had many successful students. He has had multiple high school students make both the Ohio and Georgia All state-bands. He has also had students be successful in local, regional, national, and international solo performance competitions. Many of Mike’s high school private students have gone on to study music on scholarship to various colleges and Universities around the country. He also has experience as an assistant marching band director, and K-12 music teacher.
As a performer and enthusiast of one of the least known instruments on earth, Mike has found it increasingly important to work with composers to write more music for the euphonium. He created EuphoniumCommissions.org to help fund new music to be written by established and up and coming composers. To date the website has successfully commissioned 5 works for euphonium and recently held its first composition contest. In addition to the work at euphoniumcommissions.org, Mike has had several other pieces personally commissioned and written for him.
Mike received his Bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He received his Masters of Music in Performance suma cum laude from Georgia State University. His most influential teachers have been Adam Frey, Zach Collins, Christian Dickinson, Jack Stamp, and Mark Mitchell.
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