Instrument: 2nd Baritone
Member Since: 2018
Occupation: Retired Marine Conductor, Masters Student
Mentors & Musical Heroes: Prof. Keith House, Captain Bryan P. Sherlock, CWO4 Michael Smith, Dr. John Bell
Favorite Brass Band Piece: Last of the Mohicans
Born and raised in Eureka, Missouri. Michael Maschmeier started playing drums when he was 9 years old, but began his wind playing career at 11 with the trumpet. At Northwest High School, under director Tom Orear, Mike played the euphonium for a semester, but returned to the trumpet to finish out high school. During his sophomore year at Central Methodist College, he switched to the euphonium as his major instrument graduating in 1992 with a Bachelors of Music Education, euphonium major, low brass specialist with a minor in percussion. Mike studied trumpet under Prof. Keith House and euphonium, baritone, trombone and tuba under Prof. Ron Anson ultimately being certified was K-12 vocal and instrumental music. After earning his bachelor’s degree, Mike taught in school districts located in Mendon, Clarksville and St. James Missouri. In early 1997 Mike successfully auditioned for the Marine Music Program and left teaching that June to serve his country.
After 20 years of faithful service, Gunnery Sergeant Maschmeier retired from Marine Music, having spent the first 11 years as a euphonium instrumentalist in Quantico, Virginia, Albany, Georgia and Camp Pendleton, California and the last nine as the Enlisted Conductor of three units in Naples Italy, Cherry Point, North Carolina and New Orleans, Louisiana. He continued to perform as an instrumentalist and singer whenever possible. He is furthermore a combat operator having served a tour in Fallujah, Iraq as a Convoy Commander, earning a combat valor medal and a Purple Heart.
Michael is in his second year of Masters work at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He is the Instrumental Graduate Assistant and has also been assisting in undergraduate conducting class and recently began assisting with brass methods. Mike will graduate in May 2019 with a Masters of Performance in Conducting with specialties in Brass Pedagogy and Composition. Dr. John Bell (St. Louis Brass Band’s conductor) is Mike’s Mentor and Conducting Instructor. He also studies with Dr. John Korak for Brass Pedagogy and Dr. Kim Archer for Composition. Mike hopes to teach at a collegiate level following graduation.