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Michael Finley

SMA-MAJ, Music Instructor, Dept Chair

Music Major, Capital University, Columbus, Ohio

Associate of Arts Degree, State College of Florida.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

Teaching music, especially the Sarasota Military Academy Drum Line cadets, is a daily passion. For much of my professional career I have played the drums in recording, performing, and touring bands. All genres of music interest me – rock, jazz, latin, pop, and classical.

My professional musical career includes recording the “Motown 25 Anniversary Special” as well as recording and performing concerts with Stephen Stills, Dwight Yoakam and Bob Welch (formerly of Fleetwood Mac).

My greatest enjoyment continues to be performing music and teaching it to young men and women who share an enthusiasm for making music.

Phone: 941. 877. 7737