Dr. Michael Averett is the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. Dr. Averett has performed throughout the United States as a guest recitalist and lecturer with high school and university wind ensembles, orchestras and marching bands. Dr. Averett has also performed extensively internationally in England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Mexico, Australia, China, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Notable engagements include: the Beijing Modern Conservatory of Music, Shanghai Normal University, the Shanghai Arts Academy, The University of Aerospace and Aeronautics in Nanjing, China, the University of the Arts in Nanjing, China, the Chung Yuan Christian University, Taipei, Taiwan, the Royal Northern Conservatory in Manchester, England the Mahidol Conservatory of Music in Bangkok, Thailand and HuTech University, The University of Economics and Finance and the Ho Chi Minh Conservatory of Music in Saigon, Vietnam.
As an orchestral trumpeter, Dr. Averett has performed with city, regional, and international orchestras including; The IHS World Orchestra, the Wichita Grand Opera, the Topeka Symphony, the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, the Marion Philharmonic, the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, the Orquestra Sinfonica of Monterrey, Mexico, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, the Western-Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, JCC Symphony Orchestra, the Hickory Choral Society and the Fort Wayne Bach Collegium.
From 2008 to 2011, Dr. Averett was a solo cornet in the Fountain City Brass Band. While in the FCBB, Dr. Averett won two U.S. Open National Championship titles, three North American Brass Band Championship titles and was a part of the 2009 "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" album, which was deemed the best Brass Band album of 2009 by fourbarsrest.com. Dr. Averett was also a part of the band when they became the first North American Brass Band to ever win a major European Championship, the 2009 Scottish Open. Dr. Averett has also performed with the Free State Brass Band, the Derby City Brass Band, The Old Crowne Brass Band, America’s Hometown Band and the Louisville Metro Big Band. Dr. Averett is also a founding member of the MIENT DUO, which released their first album in the fall of 2019 and has been featured by OnStage Line and Kansas Public Radio.
Prior to Samford, Dr. Averett was the Director of Brass Studies and Professor of Trumpet at Washburn University in Topeka, KS for thirteen years. While at Washburn, Dr. Averett founded the Washburn University Faculty Brass Quintet, Honor’s Brass Quintet and Trumpet Ensemble. Dr. Averett has been awarded multiple state grants, which have helped children from low-income families to participate in school band programs, was featured at the Kansas Music Educators’ State Convention, and was featured on WIBW (CBS), KTKA (ABC) and KTWU (PBS) television stations.
As an adjudicator, Dr. Averett has judged state solo and large ensemble events from Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, MTNA, and at the National Trumpet Competition. Dr. has been published by the Ball State University Press and by the International Trumpet Guild Journal.
In the community, Dr. Averett has been an advisor to the local branch of the Salvation Army and a Wishmaker through the Children’s Wish Foundation. Dr. Averett also serves weekly as a mentor at the House of Joshua, a Christian half-way house for recently paroled ex-convicts.