This is a short blog about a composer, arranger and lead trumpeter I work with around Chicago: Dr. Mike Stewart.
Mike is an excellent leader player and classical player. I have played countless gigs in both jazz and classic idiom with him.
What is particularly impressive is the fact the Mike, in addition to being a fine trumpeter, is also and excellent arranger and composer. I have played his big band charts and they always make sense and read down nicely. I play in brass quintets lead by Mike and we play only his arrangements and they are, IMHO, wonderful.
If you are a school band director, college or K-12, you should consider checking out Mike's little publishing company. Here is a link:
I'm sure you'll find something there that can meet you needs. Mike can also write a piece for you that is tailored to your needs. He understands the need of eductors to not only play meningful music but also music that can connedct with audiences.
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