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Originally from Medina, OH, Mike Van Arsdale received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Music Performance and Music Education from the University of Akron, OH. He has studied with James Umble, James Hill, Richard Shanklin, and Kristina Belisle. He previously served on the music faculty at Ashland University and The College of Wooster in Ohio.
Mike joined the U.S. Air Force Bands in 2001 and was assigned to the Heritage of America Band, Langley Air Force Base, VA. In the summer of 2008 he joined the Air Force Band of the Pacific, Alaska, where he performed throughout the Pacific Rim. In 2011 he moved to Colorado Springs, CO, to become a member of the United States Air Force Academy Band. During his tenure with the Academy Band, Mike served as the group leader and musical director for the internationally recognized big band, The Falconaires. He retired from the Academy Band in February, 2001.
Some of his professional accomplishments include a World-Premiere Performance of "Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano" by Gunther Schuller. Mike has extensive experience playing woodwinds in the professional musical pit orchestras. He’s performed regularly with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Mike has also shared the stage with such artists as Rosemary Clooney, The Four Freshman, The Four Tops, and many others. He is active as a performer throughout the Front Range Region.
Mike also works as the Chief Announcer for Jazz935 FM, Colorado Springs 24-hour, publically funded jazz radio station.
Mike is happily married to his wife, Tina. Together they have three daughters, Jordan, Elise, and Samantha, and one grandchild.