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Michael Pollock

Iowa Western College
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Michael Pollock is a multi-faceted percussionist with experience and proficiency in the many aspects of the percussion world. He is also an arranger, instructor, clinician, conductor, and music educator. He has performed in numerous ensembles including the Pan-American Steel Band, Johnson County Landmark Jazz Ensemble, Nebraska Wind Symphony, Omaha Symphonic Chorus, with rock musicians Daniel Christian, Mark Irvin, and Billy McGuigan, and much much more. Michael performed regularly as one half of the Pollock/Dusdieker Percussion duo from 2000-2004. Currently, Michael is director of the Omaha Percussion Ensemble, plays percussion for the Omaha Community Playhouse, performs with the Lincoln Symphony, leads/directs/performs/manages his own modular jazz latin group, and regularly freelances around the Midwest. Michael is a proud education artist for Innovative Percussion and adjunct professor of music at Iowa Western College.

Michael is an avid music educator as well. From 2006-2011 he served as director of bands at Papillion La Vista High School.  He has served as Percussion Instructor & Arranger for Cedar Rapids Prairie High School, the University of Iowa, Millard North High School, and the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He has been a clinician at the Concordia Day of Percussion, Iowa All State Percussion Festival, Nebraska Day of Percussion, Iowa All State Music Camp, and the Omaha Jazz Workshop to name a few. He has also served as a member of the Iowa Arts Share program as a clinician/educator/performer where he was responsible for promoting the arts across the state of Iowa. He was named one of America’s 50 most influential instrumental directors in 2007 and was named the Nebraska State Young Band Director of the Year in 2010. He has also achieved National Board Teaching Certification, only the 4th music teacher in Nebraska to do so.  Michael has taught lessons privately for many years as well. He has directed and conducted the Iowa City New Horizons Band, Linn-Mar High School Wind Symphony, Clear Creek Amana Middle School Band, and the University of Nebraska-Omaha Symphonic Wind Ensemble and University Band. Michael holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Iowa and a Masters of Music from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.