Mike Parkinson

It is a great honor to be an XO Professional Brass Artist, playing instruments that are outstanding in their workmanship and finish, with excellent intonation and sonic quality, and ease of playing in all registers. Whether I am called upon to play in jazz, classical or recording studio settings, I can count on my XO 1602 to fully handle all musical challenges.
Mike Parkinson


Mike Parkinson is a KHS America Education Artist and XO Trumpet Artist, a Kansas Touring Artist performer, and Director of the Trinity Jazz Ensemble, an ecumenical group in Kansas City. Mike has served as a guest artist at schools, conferences and festivals across the US, Poland and China. He is the author of “BASIE, BEBOP, BALLADS & BLUES,” a jazz ensemble repertoire guide, and “BEYOND THE BLUES,” a guide to score-part editing and rehearsal techniques. He served as Director of the Middle Tennessee State University School of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at the UMKC Conservatory of Music. Mike has performed with artists including Bob Brookmeyer, Bill Dobbins, Gary Foster, Joachim Mencel, Janusz Muniak, and Dominik Wania. He has recorded with Michelle Himmell, Spirit of Kansas City Orchestra, St. Thomas Quartet, and Kirby Shaw. As Director of the International Summer Jazz Academy, Mike has brought American and European artists together to teach students from across Europe and the US, and was named Amicus Poloniae by the Republic of Poland. Mike holds degrees from Cincinnati, Kent State, and North Texas. Primary teachers include Frank Brown, Bill Scarlett, Scott Huston, Marie Speziale, Harry Herforth, Kelly Hale and Leopold Sipe. Mike is a member of the Jazz Education Network, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, American Federation of Musicians, International Relations Council, United Methodist Church, and is a Sigma Alpha Iota Friend of the Arts.

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