Michael Parker has been the tuba player with the Monumental Brass Quintet in Washington, DC since 2002. As a member of the MBQ Michael Parker is currently on the artist rosters for Summit Records, Washington Performing Arts Society, Class Acts Arts, Living Arts Pennsylvania, and formerly with Young Audiences of DC and Virginia. Mike has additionally performed with the Washington National Opera, Fairfax Symphony, Washington Savoyards Light Opera Company, Elmhurst Symphony, Missouri Brass Consortium, University of Missouri Faculty Brass Quintet, Mount Vernon Brass Consort, and the Kenosha Symphony.
Michael received a Bachelor of Music degree in Tuba Performance from Northwestern University in the spring of 1999 and studied with Rex Martin. Michael has pursued graduate studies at the University of Missouri- Columbia where he studied tuba with Dr. David Kutz and musicology with Dr. Michael J. Budds. Michael has also worked closely with Arnold Jacobs as proctor for the final two years of the Wind Workshop series at Northwestern University. At the age of seventeen Michael was selected for the National Youth Symphony and performed under the baton of Lukas Foss at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In 1994 Michael received the United States Marine Corps Semper Fi Award for Musical Excellence.
As a soloist Michael has presented programs on recital series in the Baltimore/Washington Metropolitan region including such venues as the Strathmore Mansion, the Martin Luther King Jr Public Library, and the US Department of State. In 2009 Michael gave a guest artist recital at Newberry College (Newberry, SC) and in 2004 Michael gave a guest artist recital at the University of Washington (Seattle, WA). Michael was featured as a soloist with the Performing Arts Institute Wind Ensemble (Kingston, PA) in August of 2008 and with the Atholton High School Wind Ensemble (Columbia, MD) in May of 2010. In 1994 Michael was featured as a soloist with the Cascade Youth Symphony (Seattle, WA) after having won their annual concerto competition.