From Oshkosh Lourdes HS Newsletter
As a 6th grader at a local middle school, Mike Malone spent the first quarter of the school year convincing his band teacher, Mrs. Sorenson, that he really should play percussion instead of saxophone. She eventually caved in, and the instrument switch was the start of a road to musical success for Mike that he enjoyed sharing with our band classes on a recent visit. Mike is currently a student at UW-Eau Claire, but had the opportunity last summer to tour with THE Glenn Miller Orchestra. As a result of hard work and dedication, Mike has already been able to build an incredible professional resume that has him touring all over the country and Canada. While he has made the wise decision to go back to school this fall to finish an additional degree (business to go along with his music major), he continues to receive job offers to perform. Perseverance and a drive for excellence have helped Mike be able to work as a freelance musician to support himself in college.
Mike's message to our students is one of setting goals and being project oriented, a message that can help them be successful in music or any other career path. He encouraged students to work together, form groups, develop projects that interest them and hold each other accountable. There are no short cuts, and practice is what got him to the status he has today, so he also encouraged them to pursue solo and ensemble and private lessons with an instrument spe cialist outside of school.
Our students asked fantastic questions about Mike's adventures as a touring drummer and, certainly, received a great message about pursuing your dreams! There are many great career paths that involve music beyond being a professional performer or a teacher. If you would like more resources to help your student in their consideration of a music related career path, contact his or her music teacher or check out their websites.