Mike Treat

Elements of Jazz Through History, Style, and Improvisation

Man in a tan suit

Michael Treat is a music educator, performer and composer in Central New York.  He holds both a M.M. and B.M in music education from Ithaca College and is currently Director of Bands at DeWitt Middle School and director of the Ithaca High School Jazz Band.

Mike has had the pleasure of guest directing concert and jazz band bands at the district, county and Area All State level.  He has directed ensembles and taught improvisation workshops for numerous schools and summer programs and has presented at conferences on topics related to teaching improvisation and directing jazz ensembles.  He is a contributing author to Teaching School Jazz, a text on jazz pedagogy.

As a performer,  Mike has played with numerous jazz groups, wind bands, brass quintets and pit orchestras. He has had the pleasure of performing with some of the world’s finest jazz artists including Wycliffe Gordon, Paquito D’Rivera and Larry Grenadier.  He has performed at the Blue Note and Iridium Jazz Clubs in New York City and has appeared with ensembles in France and Aruba.  He leads and composes for the Mike Treat Quintet and is a member of the Fall Creek Brass Band.

Beyond making music, Mike enjoys spending time with his family and is an active outdoorsman.  He resided happily in Ithaca, NY with his wife and two children.

Elements of Jazz Through History, Style, and Improvisation