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Michael Wilkinson

Title: Assistant Professor of Trombone
School of Music
Phone: 803-777-1869
Office: School of Music, Room 333

Michael Wilkinson has joined the faculty at USC as Assistant Professor of Trombone. He has spent the last six years as an Assistant Professor of Music in Applied Trombone and Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida. In Orlando, he performed with the Brass Band of Central Florida, the Orlando Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra, the Orlando Jazz Orchestra, and the UCF Jazz Professors.

Wilkinson came to UCF from Arizona via New York State, where he served as the Visiting Instructor of Trombone at The Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY (2010-2011). Prior to his first cross-country move, he was a faculty associate in Jazz Studies at Arizona State University where he completed a doctorate in Trombone Performance (2013). He has a master’s degree in Trombone Performance from Arizona State University (2009), a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Arizona (1998), and is an alumnus of the Disney/Grammy All-American College Jazz Band (EPCOT Center, summer 1996).
Wilkinson taught middle school band in Tucson, Arizona, for eight years, building his program into one of the best in the region. While in Tucson, he spent nine years as the musical director, lead trombonist, sound engineer, and auxiliary percussionist for a local salsa band.

His first solo jazz CD, "Wait for Me!,” was recently released through Random Act Records. He can also be heard as a featured jazz soloist on the recent Brass Band of Central Florida CD release, “15,” and can also be heard on Flying Horse Record’s, “En Plein Air” and "Do That Again."

Wilkinson has recently become an S.E. Shires Trombone Artist. He plays tenor trombone, bass trombone, alto trombone, F contrabass trombone, and euphonium and has studied with Tom Ervin, Gail Wilson, Ralph Sauer and Sam Pilafian.