Muskegon High School Band Alumni

Michael Lorenz

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71 years old
United States
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Muskegon High School Band Alumni

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About Me

Here is a short resume-

My professional studio credits include composing record albums, movie scores, radio and television advertising/commercials as well as music for robotic animation, which ended in display at the Toledo Zoo, pizza parlors and furniture companies.  

Associate Professor of Music

Taught jazz studies, music theory, music synthesis, recording technology and a music business course, which covers such issues as copyright, intellectual property issues, song writing, recording contracts, music distribution, production, marketing and the organizational/operational structure of record companies. The recording classes are the first four audio courses in a proposed Media Arts program where students can learn to record, publish and survive in the video/music business and web publishing. The digital media program proposal will feature four courses in video postproduction, four existing courses in audio recording, with supplemental courses in communications hypermedia and graphic arts. 

Patents and Publications

I was part of a nine member team that developed encoding/decoding software for use in the digital jukebox industry. I helped in the process of negotiating licenses with record labels to eventually establish a music library of digital singles for distribution. Our team holds a patent on an audio compression technology process that compresses audio at a 13:1.

Patent on “MyGigRig” a multi use stand for keyboards, Disk Jockeys and classroom music teachers. This product is currently available at

Additional Professional Activities

Featured panelist for the 1996 AMOA Convention

Discussed the need for a unified approach to the record labels by the jukebox industry for the eventual licensing and distribution of digital audio singles/albums over the internet and terrestrial links.


Composed incidental music for: Buried Child by Sam Sheperd

The Cuckoo’s Nest by Dale Wasserman

Composed Movie Score to: Roads by Tom Sura

 Composed and arranged commercials for: Detroit Edison, Channel 24, Toledo, WBBM, Chicago and many smaller businesses clients, 

Composed and arranged many compositions for "Freetime" Siena Heights University Jazz Ensemble


I play trombone/piano-Keyboard/Synthesizer with over forty years of experience performing jazz and popular music

Performed at many venues – The French Quarter at the Perrysburg Holiday Inn, Chicago Holiday Inn Downtown, Mon Ami Winery at Catawba, The Crescent in Put In Bay, Detroit Athletic Club, and the Toledo Club, Murphy’s Jazz Café and Rusty's Jazz Lounge in Toledo, the Andiamo Supper Club, Gross Pointe, the Infinity Cruise Ship, Detroit to name a few.

I have been an active member as well as the conductor of the Toledo Jazz Orchestra. I currently perform with the, Murphy’s Place Jazz Orchestra and the Trumpet Summit

Soloist with Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, West Shore Symphony

Have performed with the Saginaw Symphony Orchestra, Midland Symphony Orchestra, Adrian Symphony Orchestra and the Siena Heights College Youth Symphony.

Perfofmed at the Fox Theater in Detroit for the 2006 World Series

Professional Memberships

Voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences

Member of the Michigan Band and Orchestra Association

Life member of ASCAP

Retired in 2011

Awarded  - Professor Emeritus Siena Heights University Spring 2011

Owner of Lorenz Productions and the MyGigRig music stand.


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