In this Workshop, Michael will show how to do a Traditional Japanese Taiko drumming.
Michael Skillern is currently the Head of Music at American Gulf School in Sharjah,
United Arab Emirates and a Percussionist/Timpanist with the National Symphony Orchestra,
also in the UAE. As a percussionist, Michael has performed as a soloist, chamber player, and
orchestra member throughout the United States, China, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia.
Michael made is concerto debut in 2016 performing the solo percussion part on Ittai Sharipa’s
The Ethics, with the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay.
Having a deep passion for education, Michael has also presented percussion clinics and
masterclasses throughout the USA, Germany, and Asia. In addition to teaching Band,
Percussion, General Music, Choir and Music Technology across two continents, Michael also
served as Teaching Director for the Xi’an Concert Hall Youth Percussion Ensemble during the
2020-2021 season. An accomplished Wind Band conductor, Michael’s Xi’an Liangjiatan Int’l
School Wind Band performed at the 2nd annual Liangjiatan Int’l Education Conference. Away
from music, Michael enjoys spending time with his 6 month old daughter Millie, named after
his dear grandmother Mildred Skillern. He can be heard in solo and percussion ensemble
settings on Innova and Ravello Records. He proudly endorses Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets.
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