Arthur J. Michaels
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  • Naples, FL
  • United States
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Undergraduate College/University
Eastman School of Music
Graduate Institutions
Teachers College, Columbia University
Current School or School District Affiliation

About Arthur

I started composing music at around age 13. I'm a classically trained musician, prepared as a music educator. I earned a bachelor's degree in music from the Eastman School of Music, and a master of arts degree in teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. I taught instrumental music and directed bands in New Jersey and New York in grades 4 through 12. Since 1978 I've published concert band, choral and instrumental ensemble pieces. For more information on me, please visit

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At 12:16am on June 12, 2012, Russ Weaver said…
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Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now!
I thought of this when listening to Icarus...  thinking about programing it for Florida Southern College's Summer HS Camp.   Do you have any recordings of it with concert band?
At 2:34pm on October 9, 2011, Russ Weaver said…

If you send it to me, I would be happy to read it down with my students.

I have done this with many members here on MS.  Choose a selection from and we can trade!  



At 7:20am on September 26, 2011, Russ Weaver said…
Icarus has caught my attention.  Enjoying it over coffee this morning.  Nicely done!

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Band Camps

Posted on June 21, 2012 at 9:44am 0 Comments

A member here recently mentioned band camps to me, and it got me thinking and reminiscing. During the summers between my 7th and 8th grades (1961 and 1962), I went to the Union County Band School (New Jersey). Only after I became a band director did I realize that the "camp" was a huge undertaking. It was created then by two band director brothers, Casey (Casimir V. Bork, as I recall) and Vladimir Bork. Classes started about 8 or 8:30 and ran until about 12:30. I recall there were about 4 or…



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