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Mike Glaze is an active freelance musician in the greater Atlanta, Georgia area, Director of Bands at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, and a percussion instructor for the Lassiter High School Marching Band. He also serves as Percussion Coordinator for Johns Creek High School and performs regularly with Atlanta based percussion trio, Northstar Percussion.

As a performer, Mike’s diverse background allows him the ability to play in multiple settings. He has performed with orchestras throughout the Southeastern United States, toured the Midwest with the Pan American Steel Band (based out of the University of Iowa), performed and recorded with the Florida State Percussion Ensemble (including the ensemble’s first Percussive Arts Society International Convention performance as winners of the 2007 Percussion Ensemble Competition, and on the group’s first album, FSU Percussion Ensemble: Volume One), as well as embarked on repeated tours with Carolina Crown (serving as Percussion Section Leader, Center Snare, and Soloist in his final season). His membership with Northstar Percussion provides an opportunity to play a lot of jazz vibraphone, and he is regularly invited to play drum set with several music groups in and around Atlanta.

An active arranger, Mike is well versed in writing for marching and concert bands, percussion ensembles, steel bands, and chamber groups of nearly any shape and size. His unending attention to detail and constant drive to elicit the most musicianship from the performers as possible, combined with the outstanding clarity of the scores and parts he produces, provide a uniquely “easy” experience for his clients. His marching percussion ensemble arrangements in particular have been repeatedly praised for their musicality, and his concert band work has established a way for mature sounds to be enjoyed by even the smallest ensembles, where a lack of instrumentation usually demands easy repertoire.

    Mike holds a Master of Arts in Percussion Performance from the University of Iowa, and both a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance and a Bachelor of Music Education in Instrumental Music Education from Florida State University. His primary teachers include Dr. John Parks, Dr. Dan Moore, James Dreier, Lee Beddis, Dr. Brian Tinkel, Dr. William Fredrickson, and Dr. Clifford Madsen. Mike resides in Marietta, GA with his beautiful wife Jeri, their two amazing sons Sean and Joel, and their 80lbs redbone coonhound Kitty (short for Katherine).