Michael Pratt currently lives in Southern Arizona. A percussionist with broadened diversity, Michael has been able to maintain an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral percussionist, jazz drummer, and pedagogue. He has toured with Yenisly, Augusta Vain, Madison Hardy, Lacey Black, Todd Ganovski, and many other commercial music artists. He currently performs with the Keaton/Wilson jazz trio. As an orchestral and chamber musician, he has performed with the Belmont University Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra, PULSE [new music ensemble], Southwest Civic Winds, San Juan Symphony, Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra, and has appeared as soloist with the Fort Lewis Percussion Ensemble, Woodwork Mallet Ensemble, Fort Lewis Wind Ensemble, and Arizona Symphony Orchestra. With over 30 musical recordings to date, he has performed in 20 states nationally, been a feature performer at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and has performed on national television for PBS’s production of Christmas at Belmont. Michael holds performance degrees from Fort Lewis College and Belmont University, where in 2005 and 2007 he was awarded the Sophomore Musicianship of the Year and Outstanding Graduate in Music awards.
Michael currently serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Arizona while pursuing his Doctorate in Musical Arts. In 2017, Michael was awarded the Creative Achievement Award from the College of Fine Arts, and was winner in the 2018 President’s Concerto Competition. Michael’s research and professional development has been supported through numerous awards, scholarships, and fellowships, including travel and professional development grants from the Graduate and Professional Student Council, Daveen Fox Fellowship, and a Carpenter Endowment Fellowship. Michael teaches percussion through the UpBeat music program sponsored by UAPresents, and serves as an advisor to the Interactive Drumming Committee of the Percussive Arts Society, the world’s largest percussion organization.