BIO OF MIKE TITLEBAUM
Mike Titlebaum and his friends make music.
Why make MUSIC? Well, BECAUSE... MUSIC!
Music Because Music is rich with uplifting grooves, inspiring tales, colorful characters, and beautiful melodies, all performed by the most amazing musicians in the whole dang country.
During daytime hours, Mike directs the jazz studies program at the Ithaca College School of Music in the ridiculously beautiful Finger Lakes region of central New York State. At IC he teaches jazz saxophone, arranging, improvisation, theory, and directs the hard-swinging Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble.
Prior to teaching at Ithaca College, Mike lived in the greater New York City area where he played at infamous musical venues such as the Blue Note, Smalls, Augies, Fez/Time Café and the legendary CBGB's as well as the pit orchestra of the Broadway musical "Cats." He has performed with dozens of internationally recognized artists and groups such as John Hollenbeck, Gary Versace, Red Rodney, Clark Terry, Lee Konitz, Kenny Wheeler, Randy Brecker, Cab Calloway, Jeff Tyzik, Natalie Cole, Billy Taylor, Mel Torme, Branford Marsalis, Billy Hart, Paquito D'Rivera, Jason Robert Brown, the Mingus Big Band, the Sneider Brothers, and many more. He has also played with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra.
His interest in educating musicians of all ages has brought Mike to schools and universities across the country where he has done numerous lectures, clinics and performances and directed honors jazz ensembles. He has been on the faculty of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee and the Eastman School of Music, created the jazz track at the American Festival for the Arts in Houston, and has taught a wide variety of musical topics at multiple schools in the New York City area.
Mike grew up in Rochester, NY, and attended the Eastman School of Music where he earned a BM in Saxophone Performance and the Performer's Certificate in 1991. He also completed graduate studies at Eastman, receiving his MM in Jazz and Contemporary Media/Writing Skills in 1992, and did additional study in composition at the Oregon Bach Festival Composition Symposium, the Aspen Music School and the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop.