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About Michael

Michael R. Myers (multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, producer) is a native of the western Appalachian mountains in North Carolina. His experience has led him down many different roads, having performed and worked on projects with many greats like: Chris Vadala (Chuck Mangione Quartet), Lenny Pickett (Saturday Night Live Band, Tower of Power), Ernie Watts (The Tonight Show, The Color Purple), Barbara McNair (The Barbara McNair Show), Ed Shaughnessy (The Tonight Show Band), Loonis McGlohan, Steve Hansgen (Minor Threat), Stephen Pollock (New Century Saxophone Quartet), Tom Constanten (Grateful Dead), WLOS-13's Bob Caldwell and many others. He has also made numerous appearances performing and recording with different groups such as the Lenoir Saxophone Ensemble, the Nouveau Passé Orchestra, the Western Piedmont Symphony, the Blue Ridge Orchestra, the Asheville Symphony, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, the Buddy K Big Band, The Temptations, Velvet Truckstop, The Asheville Jazz Orchestra as well as many other combos and bands in the easern United States and performances in Europe.

Now his music and other work can be found in projects for the Kennedy Center, the Red Cross, the DarkMOD, The Nameless MOD, The Beatles Rarity, Fab 4 Radio, and more.

Michael has also been a music, recording, and technology educator for many years.


Michael is an official Légère Reeds artist and proudly endorses their reeds for all single-reed woodwinds. Visit the Lenoir Sax profile page at Légè for more details.

Musical Influences

Percy Grainger, Bernard Herrmann, John Williams, Wendy Carlos, Danny Elfman, Elmer Bernstein, Michael Giacchino, Claude Debussy, Patrick Doyle, Jeremy Soule, Jerry Goldsmith, Nobuo Uematsu, Anne Dudley, The Art of Noise, The Buggles, John Barry, The Beatles, George Martin, Brian Wilson, Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra, Thomas Dolby, Jellyfish (Andy Sturmer, Roger Manning Jr., and Jason Faulkner), Trent Reznor, Bill Brown, Rob Pottorf, Buddy Holly, Philip Glass, Richard Wagner, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, J.S. Bach, Jean Sibelius, Frederick Delius, Ralph Vaughn Williams, Sergei Prokofiev, Erik Satie, Robert Moog (for his great innovations and for being a really cool guy!), Beastie Boys, The Fat Man (George Alistair Sanger), David Bowie, Prince, XTC, Rufus Wainwright, Erich Korngold, Peter Schickele (and his humor via P.D.Q. Bach), Pugwash, Bruce Broughton, Cab Calloway, Raymond Scott, Monty Python, Basil Poledouris, Carl Stalling, Ben Folds, Moby, Soul Coughing, Frank Zappa, Jim Boggia, Alan Parsons, Bleu, and many, many more!

  • With Lenny Pickett (of SNL) after a performance
  • With Ernie Watts (The Tonight Show Band)
  • With Chris Vadala (Chuck Mangione Band)
  • A big band performance with Barbara McNair
  • The two Michaels at The Kennedy Center