Michael is arguably one of the finest young musicians we have seen at Fort Lewis College. He possesses a thorough command of a wide variety of musical styles and techniques, and he has performed extensively as a member of the FLC Percussion Ensemble, Woodwork Mallet Ensemble, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Ensemble. He has eagerly collaborated with our entire music department, and he approaches each new project with professionalism and artistry. In addition, his standards of musicianship, scholarship, responsibility, and leadership have earned him the respect of faculty, students, community members, and guest artists alike. He approaches music and scholarship with serious dedication, and his is positive and caring as well as mature, thoughtful, intelligent, and respectful of others.
I have know this gentleman for the last six years. Michael is outstanding at all percussion instruments from hand drums to xylophone. He is a great set player who led the jazz ensemble that I conducted for two years. He is always extremely well prepared and helps to set high standards for the other ensemble members. He is one of the finest students I have had the opportunity to teach over the last twelve years, compared with other students I would put him in the top five percent with regard to performance. Michael is very mature and has the utmost respect for his colleagues and students. You will be gaining a fine performer and teacher.
The primary reason I would recommend Michael Pratt is his pursuit of excellence, leadership, respect and his desire to develop and grow to become the finest musician possible. He is a natural leader with regards to his own actions and example. What you will experience with Michael is a sincere and consistent respect, with authority, title and experience that is genuine and authentic. As a musician he is able to grasp and synthesize new concepts and ideas and is always eager to learn something new. He has a tremendous work ethic and is extremely disciplined in his goals. Michael Pratt has my highest recommendation as a musician, teacher, and person.