Originally from Gaithersburg, MD Mike Waddell is currently 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 has also previously held Faculty positions at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, The Columbus Brass Academy, and several K-12 schools.
Along with his work in education, 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 was Solo Euphonium with the Dublin Silver Band (2014-2016) and first baritone of the Georgia Brass Band (2012-2014).
Mike is a founding member of the Atlas Tuba-Euphonium Quartet, and the Keystone 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 soloist and chamber musician, recent engagements have included guest appearances 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 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. He has also had several students be successful in local, regional, national, and international solo performance competitions.
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. To date, he has been involved with the commissioning of over 15 new works for the euphonium. Mike’s most influential teachers have been Adam Frey, Zach Collins, Christian Dickinson, Jack Stamp, and Mark Mitchell.
- B.S. Music Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
- M.M. Music Performance, Georgia State University.
- D.M.A Music Performance (in-Progress) West Virginia University