Palmer, Michael

Mr. Michael Palmer,  Director of Bands

Marching Bucs of ETSU


Michael Palmer, a native of Rogersville, Tennessee, is a 2000 graduate of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN with a Bachelor of Music. While attending ETSU on an Academic Performance Scholarship, he was an active performer in numerous ensembles including marching band, wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, basketball showband, concert band, brass quintet, trombone choir, chamber choir, men’s ensemble, opera workshop, and the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra. Performances of note include a 2000 concert tour of Australia, a 1998 performance for the Collegiate Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Regional Convention in Jacksonville, FL. and a 1999 performance at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Convention in Chicago, IL.   In 2000, he was one of four students in the music department selected to perform as a soloist on the Departmental Honors Recital.  
Mr. Palmer is in his 16th year of teaching, previously teaching in Robeson County (NC) before coming to Charles B. Aycock in 2007.  At CBA, he has led the program to 3 of the school's 6 total NCMEA Superior ​ratings and numerous marching awards. Along side his full-time teaching responsibilities, he has worked as marching band staff with band programs in Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina.  He has also enjoyed opportunities as band camp staff, an honor band clinician, a festival adjudicator and judging marching band contests on local, NCBA and USBands circuits. 

Mr. Palmer has been featured with an "Accolade" article in the 2011 "Progress Edition" of the Goldsboro News Argus, a feature article in the Wayne-Wilson News Leader and has been quoted in the March 2011, August 2012, and August 2013 editions of School Band and Orchestra Magazine.  He proudly holds "Life Loyal" membership in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the nation’s largest, oldest, and most prestigious music fraternity.  As a collegiate member of the Lambda Sigma Chapter, he served in numerous offices at the chapter, provincial, and national levels.  His professional memberships include the National Association for Music Educators (NAFME), North Carolina Music Educators Association (NCMEA), and the Eastern District of the North Carolina Bandmasters Association.  Mr. Palmer was also selected as an honored member of the Biltmore Who's Who in 2011. 
In addition to his loves of music and teaching, Mr. Palmer enjoys traveling, some sports (particularly football), and varied performing arts.  He resides in Goldsboro and enjoys remaining active as a performer.
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