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A BIT ABOUT ME

Michael Buckstein is an educator and performer based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, at which he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology.  He currently attends the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Music Education, as well as a Pennsylvania Teaching Certification.

Michael has a wealth of musical experiences, both in coursework and performing ensembles. He has taken classes in Theory, Composition, and Music Production/Recording. He has performed in a multitude of large and small ensembles, spanning many genres. Large ensembles include the University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band, University of Pittsburgh Pep Band, University of Pittsburgh Symphonic Band, University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, University of Pittsburgh Jazz Ensemble, IUP Symphony Band, IUP University Chorus, and IUP Wind Ensemble. Small ensembles include The Allies of the Boulevard, Kappa Kappa Psi Brass Quintet, Kappa Kappa Psi Wind Quintet, Kappa Kappa Psi Trumpet Ensemble, IUP Trumpet Ensemble, Legacy Brass Quintet and the Plum Brass Quintet. He also has experience performing in pit orchestras for musicals, performing for Nine and Legally Blonde during his tenure at Pitt.

In addition to being a performer, Michael also composes, arranges, and orchestrates. He primarily writes for band, and his arrangements have been played by the Pitt Band, Plum High School Marching Band, and the Plum Brass Quintet. He has also has experiencing writing for film, writing a song and the score for "Main Street", a short film by Willie Hollis. Michael uses Finale Music Notation Software. 

Michael's past work experience includes being a band librarian with the Pitt Band, working as a Music Instructor at Chatham University's Music and Arts Day Camp, and working as Assistant Director with the Plum High School Band. As Band Librarian, his duties included music preparation/distribution, music editing, and arranging. He was instrumental in transitioning the marching band to a paperless music distribution system, which utilizes E-Flips, the Unison App, and the cloud-based storage system Box. As a Music Instructor at Chatham, Michael taught K-2 General Music, as well as courses in Conducting and Digital Music Technology. As Assistant Director of the Plum Band, he has brought in various guest clinicians (such as The Brass Roots and Professor Alan Hood), organized extra-curricular field trips to the University of Pittsburgh and Slippery Rock University, and coached chamber music ensembles. His chamber music ensembles have performed at venues such as the National Aviary, Chick-Fil-A, and the Benedum Center. 

Michael's affiliations include Kappa Kappa Psi, National Co-ed Honorary Band Fraternity. He served on his Chapter's Executive Board for two years, serving as Chapter Secretary. He was heavily involved in revitalizing chapter musicianship and the chapter's social media presence. Through his fraternity, he has volunteered his time performing at venues such Magee Women's Hospital, Schenley Gardens Senior Living Center, and the Children's Institute of Pittsburgh.

Michael performs on a Bach Stradivarius Bb Trumpet, a Bach Stradivarius C Trumpet, a Jupiter JFH-846R Flugelhorn, a Conn Director Cornet, and a Holton French Horn.