Mike Caudill is a Boston-based performer, self-published composer, arranger, and educator.
Performing throughout New England and touring with a variety of groups, Mike also leads his own quartet, and plays saxophone in the jazz fusion group City of Four. Mike has performed in historic venues, like Boston’s Symphony Hall and Worcester’s Mechanic’s Hall, as well as in notorious jazz venues like Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and Sculler’s Jazz Club, among others.
Some of Mike’s recent achievements include the Lead Tenor chair in the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Orchestra directed by trumpeter Sean Jones, being named a 2014 Winner of the ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards, five Downbeat Student Music Outstanding Performance/Arrangement Awards, and being named the 2013 Presser Scholar of Music at the University of Massachusetts.
Along with commissioned works in both the jazz and symphonic realms, his composition, “Scalene Scene” was performed in March 2016 by the 360ᵒ Jazz Initiative Ensemble at the UNC Chapel Hill. In 2015, a collection of his original music was released on the album Pictures Around Us, and was performed as part of a short tour of the Nashville, TN area. In 2014, he was named a winning composer in the Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards presented by ASCAP for his composition, “Time to Go”. Mike’s roots as a composer are in tune-writing for chamber groups and in computer-sequenced music. Currently, Mike writes and arranges for jazz combos, big bands, rock bands, saxophone quartets, sax choirs, concert bands, wind ensembles, and other ensemble formats.
A former student of music at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Mike holds a Master of Music in Jazz Arranging and Composition. He earned his bachelor’s degrees at UMass in Jazz and Afro-American Music as well as Acoustics. At UMass, Mike studied saxophone classically with Lynn Klock as a member of the Saxophone Studio and his teachers have included the great mentors Felipe Salles, Jeff Holmes, Tom Giampietro, William DiNuzzio, and Corey Tunnessen.
Mike has had the opportunity to perform on stage with iconic jazz figures like Randy Brecker, Dick Oatts, Dave Liebman, Sheila Jordan, and Karrin Allyson, among others. Mike has also performed with groups across multiple genres, including with the acclaimed rock group 10,000 Maniacs.
In addition to teaching private instrumental lessons to students of all ages and experience levels, Mike is an adjunct music teacher at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, MA. Mike has also taught at the annual Leominster Summer Jazz Camp open to students across North-Central Massachusetts.
Mike has performed at schools across the state to expose young people to live music, and has taken part teaching in clinics and masterclasses for young music students.
Born in Loveland, Colorado, Mike grew up in Leominster, Massachusetts, where he attended school up until college. In high school, Mike became active performing throughout central Massachusetts in restaurants and bars, hotel ballrooms, function halls, and other local hotspots for a variety of public and private events. Since his youth, Mike has performed with big bands, jazz combos, rock bands, sax quartets, pit orchestras, and symphonic bands across multiple musical genres.