HELLO & WELCOME
Welcome to the official artist website for Mike Shellans:
performer, arranger, composer and educator. Here you
can listen to music, read about Mike's current endeavors,
check out images and review the gear he uses. Please
for information on Mike's career as Professor
of Music at Arizona State University. Mike is based
in Phoenix, Arizona.
Visit often for updates and if you enjoy this site,
please recommend mikeshellans.com to a friend.
Mike Shellans is available for live and studio
performance opportunities as a soloist and/or with various
groups. A freelance studio and show trombonist for nearly
three decades, Mike now focuses on Jazz piano and keyboards.
His most recent musical interests include mandolin,
tenor guitar and electric bass.
Arranging for various musical groups is not
a skill every musician possesses, but Mike is accomplished
and prolific at producing creative arrangements. He
is particularly adept at Jazz ensemble and Big Band
writing, and his portfolio includes lush, inventive
treatments of standards and original works.
Mike's many original compositions are available
for music licensing uses through the American Society
of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast
Music, Inc. (BMI). The eclectic mix of Mike's original
works ranges from instrumental Classical and Jazz compositions
to Rock and Roll, protest and Pop songs. Mike has also
composed for children's theater and several stage productions
in Tucson and Phoenix.
Mike is available as an adjudicator, clinician,
guest lecturer and educational consultant, particularly
in the fields of Jazz and Popular Music. Mike has served
in these capacities numerous times for the Arizona Association
of Jazz Educators, elderhostels, libraries, museums
and in many public school settings. His lectures are
delivered with an easy, charismatic flair and unpretentious
style on topics including Big Bands, the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Rock & Roll and Jazz History and Styles. Mike
has lectured to over 47,000 students and audience members
over the past twenty years.
Mike accepts private students at his home studio
in the areas of Jazz Piano, Fundamentals of Contemporary
Harmony and Theory, Jazz Improvisation and History,
and Arranging and Composition. Mike tailors his teaching
methods to each student, stressing individuality while
emphasizing solid musical fundamentals. Using books,
recordings, exercises and demonstrations, Mike sets
a relaxed tone in a learning environment filled with
humor, encouragement and useful information.
Mike is available as a consultant for studio
and live musical productions of all types. Please contact
him for personal attention to your musical ideas.
courtesy of James Kass