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Michael Walker

Name:  

Michael A. Walker   (Musical Director, Trombone)

Education: 

St. Mary’s College, Armed Forces School of Music

Occupation: 

Army National Guard

Favorite Music Era:  

Big Band ‘40-‘75

Favorite Artist:  

Bill Watrous, J.J. Johnson

Favorite Big Band:  

Count Basie

Favorite Song:  

My Funny Valentine

Other Music Experience/Groups:  

229th MD Army National Guard, Trombonist & Jazz Orchestra Leader; Navy Band, Trombonist & Unit Leader

Biggest Musical Influences:  

J.J. Johnson, Bill Watrous

Joined Shades of Blue:  

1999

Favorite Sound:  

Many trombones

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Professional Profile - Michael Walker

Cockeysville, Maryland resident Sergeant Michael A. Walker is a Retention and Training Technician with the Maryland Army National Guard.  He also serves in the 229th Maryland National Guard band as a trombonist and has also served as a Maryland Army National Guard recruiter.  Sgt. Walker has diversified international experience in music management and performance.  Formerly, as a Musician in the U.S. Navy Music Program, he served as the leader of Navy Showband Guam, Navy Band Guam Jazz Combo, Navy Band Guam Ceremonial Band, Navy Band Guam Parade Band, Navy Band Seattle Rock Band "Cascade," Navy Band Seattle Jazz Combo "Sailing," and the Commander-In-Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet Band Jazz Combo.  Currently, Sgt. Walker is Musical Director of the Baltimore-based "Shades of Blue" Big Band.  He is also Minister of Music at Forest Park Community Church.

Sgt. Walker, a 1976 graduate of the Baltimore City Public School System, attributes his success as a musician to God, his father James E. Walker, and the music staff and curriculum of the Frederick Douglass Senior High School Music Careers Program which today continues its tradition of leadership in college preparatory music education.  In 1979, following music studies at St. Mary's College of Maryland, Michael entered the Navy as a Field Medical Service Corpsman.  He transferred 2 years later to the U.S. Navy Music Program after an accelerated advancement through the Armed Forces School of Music (SOM).  In 1988, he returned to the SOM and graduated top in his class from six months of training and testing to officially qualify as a leader in military band administration, ceremonial and jazz/pop conducting, arranging, Drum Major technique, and military leadership.


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