Mike Neumeyer is a versatile musician, educator, and composer based in South Milwaukee, WI. As a composer, Mike has written with one unique focus being marimba and voice. One of Mike’s marimba and voice works, The Power of Music, was used in the documentary In Pursuit of Passion. Mike Neumeyer’s compositions have been published by C. Alan Publications, Heartland Marimba Publications, Eastern Hill Music and through self-publishing. His works have been commissioned by The UWSP Percussion Ensemble, The Oak Creek Percussion Ensemble, and The Adna Percussion Ensemble in Washington.
Mike’s work Mikayla for euphonium and marimba was recorded and released by euphonium artist David Abellan Garcia at Banda Municipal de Musica de Bilbao in Bilbao, Spain and newest work Emergent has been premiered by Don and DJ Palmire of The US Army Pershing’s Own. Mike’s catalogue of recordings includes an eclectic mix from relaxing meditative marimba and vibraphone solos to video game inspired electronic music. Lately, Mike has been prolifically performing online! He has recently been featured by Marimba One, Modern Marimba, Wisconsin Music Ventures, Vibesworkshop.com, ZIKSA – An Art Forum, and Desperate Housegeek Magazine!
Mike is on faculty at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), teaching music business, film scoring and percussion. He is the co- caption head with The Oak Creek Marching Knights (6 consecutive year State Champions) and works with the Oak Creek-Franklin School District as a percussion specialist. From 2014-2018 Mike acted as percussion coordinator of the UW-Milwaukee Youth Percussion Ensemble in accordance with UWM Youth Wind Ensembles.
In 2007, Mike graduated with a Bachelor of Music from The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he studied voice, percussion, and music education with Dr. Robert Peavler, Robert Rosen, and Dr. Judy Bond, respectively. During this time, Mr. Neumeyer also studied conducting with Dr. Brendan Caldwell and composition with Dr. Charles Rochester Young. In 2011, Mike earned a Master of Music Degree in Instrumental Conducting from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he studied with Dr. John Climer. While at UW-Milwaukee, Mike also studied percussion with Carl Storniolo and composition with Dr. Keith Carpenter and Steve Nelson-Raney. Mike is a Marimba One Educational Artist and endorses Saylers Percussion/Encore Mallets. http://www.mikeneumeyer.com