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Michael Lewandowski

Adjunct Lecturer, Percussion

Michael began with a drum set at age 17, playing rock and roll by ear for two years before taking lessons and learning how to read music. His musical style is diverse and covers just about all genres including rock, blues, jazz, funk, classical, world and more. In 2001, he earned a writing degree with a music minor from SUNY Plattsburgh, and spent some time in the SUNY Plattsburgh Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Dr. Rick Davies’ first incarnation of the Mambo Combo. His role as manager for the Adirondack Youth Orchestra from 2001–2003 inspired him to consider a teaching career.

In 2006, Michael earned a music degree at Ohio University and began teaching in many of the schools in the North Country area. He has taught general music from pre-K to 12th grade, choral, orchestra, wind band, and jazz ensemble. In 2020 he earned his Master of Music at SUNY Buffalo State. Michael is an active performer, and works with the Adirondack Jazz Orchestra, Adirondack Wind Ensemble, The Thugtet, and many other pit orchestras and small combos. Currently, he is the band director at Chazy Central Rural School, as well as an adjunct lecturer at SUNY Plattsburgh.

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