MIKE BACKER - 2ND TRUMPET
Michael Backer, graduate of Saint Charles North High School, is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Music Education at Northern Illinois University. He is an active member of a variety of ensembles at NIU, including the internationally recognized NIU Jazz Ensemble. In addition to university-related ensembles, he has performed as a pit orchestra member with Rising Star Theatreworks in Geneva, Stage 773 in Chicago, and St. Anne’s Community Theater in Barrington, just to name a few. Michael performs regularly throughout the Chicagoland area and suburbs with a variety of groups in numerous venues. He has been a member of ensembles that have won a Grammy Signature School award, a Downbeat Student Music Award, which have taken him to places such as Canada and Germany. He has played alongside Victor Lewis, Steve Davis, Wycliffe Gordon, the New York Voices, Lewis Nash, Joey Tartell, Tom Garling, John Wojciechowski, Mark Colby, Doug Stone, Gary Smulyan, just to name a few. Michael is eager to continue his career as a performer as well as a teacher.