Born: October 18, 1958
Mike Gurciullo has been associated with big bands ever since he was a kid in Omaha, NE. All through jr. high and high school he played in the usual school programs, but also worked outside of those settings in professional big bands in the local area. Upon completion of high school, Mike chose North Texas State University for his continuing education. There he got to work with great jazz educators Rich Matteson, Dan Haerle, and Jack Peterson. Outside of the university, Mike studied privately with world famous trumpet virtuoso, Don Jake Jacoby. While attending N.T.S.U., Mike formed his own big band called, The Arctic Muther's. It was comprised of some of the best young talents in the music program at the time. Mike also co-led a big band with Don Jacoby called, The Swing of Things. While still in college, Mike did some touring with Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians under the direction of Art Mooney. ...
AwardsLouis B. Hubert Memorial Jazz Scholarship
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