Michael (Mick) Hesse, cornet & piccolo trumpet, has an extensive background in professional orchestral performance as a member of the Norwegian State Opera and Ballet Orchestra from 1973-1984. Mr. Hesse has performed with the Oslo Philharmonic, Norwegian Broadcasting Orchestra & Buffalo Philharmonic, and with Music in the Mountains in Colorado. He taught trumpet and brass ensembles at the Norwegian Music Conservatory. Mick was also a member of the USMA Band at West Point and the Jack Daniel's Original Silver Cornet Band. A graduate of Eastman School of Music (BM) and the University of Illinois (MM), Mr. Hesse taught at the Universities of Illinois and Kentucky. He served as Artistic Director for Showcase Concert Series in Farmington, NM. In recent years Mick has played E-flat cornet with the Great Western Rocky Mountain Band and Bb cornet with the Yankee Brass Band. Mick is available as a clinician for master classes and performance with a workshop titled “The Art and Practice of the Cornet”, which delves into the role of cornet playing within the context of the symphony and opera orchestra setting.