Michael Skotko

Michael is a semi-professional trumpet player and music educator in the Northeast Ohio area. He began playing in the 5th grade at Hickory Ridge Elementary School. Michael’s professional journey began when he decided to pursue a Music Performance degree at Kent State University. Upon graduation, Michael then attended Penn State University to study a Masters of Music in Trumpet Performance.

Michael first joined The Brass Band of the Western Reserve in 2006 playing Eb Soprano Cornet while studying at Kent State University. He took a leave of absence from the band towards the end of 2010 when he moved to Pennsylvania to study his master’s degree and returned to the band in 2014. He is regularly a featured soloist with the group both during their concert series and while touring Ohio.

Michael has played at many prestigious venues in his professional career including Severance Hall, The Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall.

As an educator, Michael has worked with several of Ohio’s most successful music programs. He was a trumpet and visual tech for Brunswick High School, a regular finalist at Band of America Regional Championships, from 2005-2009. In 2009, Michael was the trumpet tech for Capital Regiment Drum and Bugle Corp. That year, they returned to Open Class and finished 5th in Open Class Finals after being inactive for the past 2 years. From 2014-2019, he worked with both the marching band and concert band at Waterloo High School.  Since 2019, Michael has been honored to be the Brass Caption Head for the Crestwood Scarlet Guard. He specializes in the musical development of the trumpet and mellophone musicians but is responsible for the “big picture” ensemble sound of the Scarlet Guard brass section. In addition to the marching band, he works regularly with the Symphonic Band leading full brass sectionals and working with individual sections.

In addition to working with school band programs, Michael also teaches private lessons to aspiring trumpet players.

Currently, Michael resides in Stow with his wife Marisa, and is an IT Manager working at Kent State University.