Meet the Musician
Senior Chief Musician Michael A. Curtis,
Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Mich., Senior Chief Musician Michael Curtis joined the Navy Band in March 1996. He earned a Bachelor of Music from San Diego State University where he studied with Dennis Michel, former principal bassoonist with the San Diego Symphony, now with the Chicago Symphony. He also earned a Master of Music from the University of Minnesota where his primary bassoon instructor was Charles Ullery, principal bassoon of the St. Paul Chamber Orcherstra. While in Minneapolis he participated in weekly classes with John Miller of the Minnesota Orchestra. He has spent three summers performing at the Music Academy of the West as a fellow, Kent/Blossom Chamber Music Festival in conjunction with the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Sarasota Chamber Music Festival where he performed for K. David VanHoesen, and William Winstead. Curtis had the rare opportunity to play in a masterclass for Milan Turkovich. His orchestral experience include performances with the San Diego Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Kalamazoo Symphony, South Bend Symphony and various regional and local orchestras. His orchestral performances have taken him to many other parts of the world including Austria, Germany, South Africa, Egypt, Israel and Jordan. He also performed for over 10 years as second bassoonist with the Smithsonian’s National Gallery orchestra.
After performing for 13 years with the Concert Band on virtually every appearance, Curtis was appointed contracting officer, a position in the supply office. He enjoys spending his free time with family and friends.