Michael Oare (b. 1960) earned undergraduate degrees in Music Composition and Music Education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. A veteran music educator, Mr. Oare remains active as a composer, arranger, performer, conductor and adjudicator. As a published composer, he has written numerous arrangements and compositions, with a special interest in music for the young band. One of his works, To Dream in Brushstrokes, is included in the acclaimed Teaching Music Through Performance series by GIA publications. His compositions are included in the catalogs of several major publishing companies, with all his most recent works being published by Hal Leonard.
Since 1991, he has been the Director of Bands at Great Bridge Middle School in Chesapeake, Virginia. His Great Bridge Middle School Bands have consistently received superior ratings at annual Virginia Concert Band Performance Assessment and have performed for the Virginia Music Educators Association Conference on three occasions. He maintains State and National professional memberships, is a member of ASCAP and the international bandmasters fraternity Phi Beta Mu. He is a recipient of the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence, and is a multiple year honoree in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Mr. Oare plays clarinet with The Virginia Wind Symphony, and remains active serving as an adjudicator and clinician for marching and concert band clinics, festivals and contests. Mr. Oare resides in Chesapeake with his wife Chris and daughter Devin.