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Started playing the drums at age 7. Attended the Duquesne University School of Music and graduated with a music Education degree. I have been teaching music since 1980. Presently teaching instrumental music at Liberty, Arsenal, and Fulton Elementary schools. Member of the Ritz Big Band. Starting my own group.. details forthcoming !
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Octoberfest musicians needed for september 17th.

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 10:10pm 0 Comments

I am in need of brass (trumpet and trombone) and a keyboard/accordian for a gig in the south hills on Saturday september 17th, from 7-9 that pays $75 a musician. Gig requires knowledge of German Music, with some polkas,and anything in between ! Please contact Mike Sciomacco at 412-965-2725 ASAP !

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At 3:05am on April 24, 2010, Annie Cosmides said…
Mike,
Great to hear from you! I'm in Ohio with my 21 year old son. I talked to Chuck a little while ago and he let me know you and Debbie were doing well when I asked. It's very cool that we are able to connect again on the PJN!
Annie
At 12:36am on March 26, 2010, LEE ROBINSON said…
Hi Michael,
Thanks for inviting me to Carmalt. Let your students know they were my best audience I have had this year! They were well behaved and seemed to be into my program. I would have liked to have gone longer. Also I would like to send Kate the art teacher an e-mail ( I do not have her email address).
since I did not speak to her before I left. i let you know about my performances through the jazz network. Thanks again.
Lee
At 2:28pm on November 17, 2009, Doug Jackson said…
Hey Mike,
Thanks for the add.
Sir.D.J.deHorn
First Trumpet of Funk!
At 4:05pm on June 3, 2009, Jeff "Tain" Watts said…
Hey Mike....nice to hear from you. I would love to hear your latest recording. Lemme know where I can get it.....jeff
At 2:48am on January 11, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Cool Mike,

That's something real doable. Thanks for the heads up and for using the network.
At 4:01am on January 3, 2009, Rick Finkelstein said…
which repeater are you using? what frequency? talk soon
Rick
At 1:45pm on December 31, 2008, Rick Finkelstein said…
Good to see you Mike :)
At 6:42pm on August 28, 2008, Ed Skirtich said…
Hi Mike,
Thanks for that great email.
I really enjoy working with you.
I look forward to seeing you in a couple weeks.
That would be great if we could workout a Jazz Workshop, Inc. Outreach Program too.
Take Care.
Ed Skirtich
Artistic Director/Jazz Workshop, Inc.
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(412) 422-4149 (H)
(412) 841-8046 (C)
At 3:53am on August 28, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Mike,

Thank you for joining. The Ritz Big Band is a wonderful organization and we are the place for all of its members and fans to share our common love of jazz... the great American music.

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