Michael McLemore

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Michael D. McLemore, Owner/Craftsman at M&W Custom Trombones, is a native of Grady, Arkansas. Michael began his studies at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education in 1993. In 1996, Michael completed a Master's Degree in Trombone Performance from The University of Texas at Austin and has earned hours towards the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. His private teachers include: Wesley Branstine, Donald Knaub, Arnold Jacobs, Nathaniel Brickens, Charles Vernon, Edward Kleinhammer and Floyd Cooley.

Michael has performed with the Dallas Wind Symphony, Dallas Opera Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as well as other numerous groups throughout Texas and the Midwest. In addition to performance, Michael has held teaching positions at The University of Texas-Austin, Southwestern University, L.V. Berkner High School and The Colony High School.

In October of 2002, Michael moved from Texas to Wisconsin to work for Greenhoe Trombones as a Technician/Designer/Artist. It was there that Michael cultivated exceptional skills and attention to detail in all areas of production in a setting where nothing was more important than the impeccable quality of the final product. During his tenure, Michael perfected his technique to achieve the finest tolerances for valve fitting within the industry. He was also instrumental in the development of the Greenhoe tuning-in-slide bass trombone with a detachable second valve. He worked in the Greenhoe shop until they closed their doors in December of 2012.

Currently, Michael resides in West Bend, Wisconsin. In addition to his duties at M&W, he is an adjunct faculty member of Concordia University Wisconsin and enjoys freelancing throughout the Midwest. Michael's wife, Elsa, works for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in the CT Department and graciously supports Michael's trombone habits.