Oregon native, Michael Hankins has just relocated to Corning after several years as trumpeter, teacher, and music director for Celebrity Cruise Line. He brings with him many years of experience as a member of numerous symphony orchestras including the Oregon Symphony, Portland Opera, Eugene Symphony, Portland Chamber Orchestra, Columbia Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Astoria Music Festival, and more, as well as countless engagements as a soloist or with his brass trio and various brass quintets throughout the Northwest. His playing has also taken him all over the world from opera in Salzburg, Austria to Mahler symphonies in Wales.
When not on the symphony stage Michael can be heard playing lead trumpet in many big bands, Latin, or top 40 bands as well as his own jazz quintet, quartet and trio. He is also been an active studio musician appearing on more recordings than he can recall. Michael has run his own trumpet studio for many years and has enjoyed seeing so many wonderful students grow into amazing musicians. Working closely with the Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra, colleges, high schools, and middle schools all over the Portland area has brought out a passion to pass on his experiences.
When Michael puts down the trumpet he follows his passion for travel and has even spent time living in art capitals such as Budapest and Amsterdam. For him, the great thing about living in Corning has been the amazing and friendly people.
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