Hello, I am Mike Slawinski, also known as "Mike. Skee". I am a retired Band Director and professional musician. I have been a teacher for over forty years.
I was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, however, my family moved to Phoenix, Arizona when I was six years old. I attended (and graduated) from Royal Palm Elementary School (now a MIddle School) and Cortez High School.
I hold a Bachelor of Music Education Degree as well as a Master of Music Degree in Music Performance, both from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona.
I am a certified teacher with a Standard Elementary Certificate as well as a Standard Secondary Certificate and a Principal Certificate with endorsements in ESL, Reading, and Music.
I have taught in several cities throughout Arizona during my forty-one years as an educator.
From the late sixties until the early nineties, I was a "weekend warrior" playing casual gigs mainly in the Phoenix area and also around the State of Arizona, Texas, New Mexico and Nevada. A few of the songs that I have recorded were some of the songs I performed regularly on gigs. I had my own trio but would also be a sideman for other groups. It was a fun ride, but eventually I got tired of hauling gear around, setting up, tearing down, etc. for each job.