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Michael S. Milnarik, tuba
Tuba player and director, Michael S. Milnarik was born in New York City and grew up in the small town of Stillwater, Pennsylvania. He has performed in various parts of the United States, Canada, Italy and Japan.  He received a Masters of Music degree from Boston University and a Bachelors of Music degree from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.

Michael S. Milnarik is a musician of great versatility. He has performed with most of the orchestras in northern New England, the Albany Symphony, the Key West Symphony, as well as with ensembles ranging from new music to jazz, and also as a soloist. He is a member of the Innovata Brass & Percussion, Brass Sect, Keys & Brass, Dr. Fidgety Dixieland Jazz Band, Brass Planet, Toobis Groovis and the Cosmopolitan Tuba Quartet.  He is also in demand as a session tuba player - having recorded with brass quintets; orchestras; tuba quartets; contemporary music ensembles; jazz and Dixieland groups; on novelty recordings; children's albums; and on pop albums.

Milnarik has a passion for providing direction to young musicians so that they can achieve their own personal goals and dreams. Young tuba and euphonium players that study with him learn the techniques involved to improve their performance level and the skills necessary to survive in today's highly competitive performance and educational environments. Milnarik is the tuba and euphonium instructor at Tufts University, Brandeis University, and Salem State University and has recently been appointed (as a substitute for the fall 2012 semester) as the low brass instructor at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. Formerly, he taught tuba and euphonium at the University of Southern Maine (8 years), the University of Massachusetts Lowell (5 years),  and the Lexington (MA) Public Schools (11 years). 

Outside of these institutions Milnarik has a select private teaching studio and is the founder/director of both the MMI - Tuba Euphonium Academy and MMI - Brass Splash!  The MMI - TEA focuses on enhancing the individual playing of tuba and euphonium players of all ages and abilities.  The MMI - BS focuses on fundamentals of brass performance - both from the nuts and bolts of performing in a small brass ensemble and also how to present to a 21st audience.

Milnarik is the owner and manager of, a web store that carries sheet music, compact discs, instruments and accessories. was opened to help other tuba and euphonium players by offering free resources, making commonly used educational materials and supplies readily available, and providing quality pre-owned instruments.

In addition, he has arranged numerous works for brass quintet, has served on the board of the New England Philharmonic as both a board member and as president of the orchestra, has been a consultant for non-profit organizations and in 2014 will complete his 9th year of involvement with the Boston Tuba Christmas - his first two years as guest conductor and the last six years as the coordinator/conductor of the event.  

Michael S. Milnarik has recorded on the Stillwater Digital and Albany Records labels.

Brian L. Diehl, trombone