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Mike Hackbert is the creative force behind Hackdaddy. Mike has been an active musician since the early 70's, when he began playing brass instruments and settled on the trumpet as a primary instrument. Mike was involved with a number of bands and ensembles in high school and college; his composing and arranging skills were honed in college and are still in use today.

In the 80's and 90's Mike was based in Champaign-Urbana Illinois and could be seen in a number of groups around the area in addition to work as a soloist, in the theatre pits and in local recording studios. The main focus at that time was the group Champaign Brass, a brass quintet founded by Mike in 1986 that is still active today. Mike’s ability to play in a variety of styles has him currently playing with a diverse set of groups, including the Lakes Area Swing Band (, tropical band Orquesta Veneno ( and the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra ( As Hackdaddy, Mike collaborates with other musicians globally.

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“Your playing is beyond what I normally enjoy when it comes to horns in arrangements. I get this fantastic vibe every time I do hear your creations. You have a flow that is completely original yet echoes some of the pioneers who more than likely made you want to to play to begin with. I hear your own unique style & then I also hear raindrops from Bacharach to early Procol Harum arrangements. Damn fine playing “Hack.” - Richie Auriemma, Independent Recording Artist

“REFLECTIONS” takes me to one of the big ballrooms of fancy hotels in La Havan, Cuba in the 50's. - Carlos Mongrut/CMongrooves - Mongrooves Productions, International Recording Artist

“Para Siempre” is quite magical!!! The horn is brilliant and melodious and the instrumentation is gorgeously interweaved into it

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