Mike Boschen

Mike Boschen began playing the trombone in fourth grade because his arms were long enough to reach all the positions. After studying with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra in high school he decided to pursue a career in music, and subsequently attended the Eastman and Juilliard schools of music where he honed his skills for making music on the trombone (insert oxymoron joke here), beer consumption, and skirt chasing, meeting many lifelong friends and mentors along the way.

Mike spent the next 12 years living in Manhattan and freelancing, playing lots of great music for good, decent, or sometimes no money with myriad groups, including but hardly limited to the Metropolitan Opera, the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Birdland Big Band, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, the O'Jays, the Extension Ensemble, the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Jesus H. Christ and the Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse, and of course the Ed Palermo Big Band. Mike also played bunches of Broadway shows, jingles, and movie scores, and even got paid to pretend to play his trombone in the movie Mona Lisa Smile and a goofy eBay commercial.

In 2009 Mike quit all his gigs and his faculty position at the Juilliard Pre College, and travelled with his wife through all 50 states to interview 50 couples married for 50 years or more with the intention of sharing what they could learn about healthy long term relationships in a book, which will be finished someday. They then lived in the charming town of Cape May, NJ for several years where they grew their family and started a homemade organic ice cream shop. Mike also spent many hours working on his golf game and floating in the ocean.

While in Cape May Mike played loads of jazz with his great friend George Mesterhazy and performed regularly with the Baltimore Symphony and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, which rekindled his deep love of music. He realized he needed to be amongst his musical family again and when offered the opportunity to join the orchestra of the Broadway musical Matilda, Mike and his family returned to New York in 2013.

Mike has always loved playing in Ed's band (call it sucking up, but it's true), and is absolutely thrilled to now be a full time member of the ensemble. Since his return to his music family in New York, Mike has performed with the New York City Ballet Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, the New York Pops, the John Daversa Big Band, Jesse Harris, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, David Yazbek, the Little Orchestra Society, the Mostly Mozart Festival, and many groups you've never heard of but are wonderfully creative.

Mike is completely in love with his wife, his three daughters, and his son, and is currently striving to find his balance in his golf swing again.

Contact Mike at 917-566-7191

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