Michael Lee is an Assistant Professor of Music at Kent State University, where his duties include teaching Understanding Music, and supervising student teachers. He served as Marching Band Director at Kent State University from 1981 to 1996, and previously taught in the public school systems of Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. He earned the Bachelor of Music Education and the Master of Music degrees from Morehead State University, and did advanced graduate study at the University of Illinois.
Mr. Lee has written music and show designs for award-winning groups including Bands of America participants, and the Canton Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. He has adjudicated concert and marching events throughout the Midwest, eastern United States, and Canada, including state finals, Music in the Parks, the Universal Festival of Bands, and International Music Festivals. He has also served as guest conductor and clinician for numerous universities and public schools in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, and Illinois.
Mr. Lee has served on various committees including the School of Music Admissions & Scholarship, Curriculum, Faculty Evaluation, and Faculty Search committees as well as the KSU Recognition and Citations Committee. He annually conducts the KSU Alumni Band, and in 2003, he was selected to participate in the ACCESS project through the College of Education, funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
Mr. Lee is currently the Choir Director for the Presbyterian Church of Kent. In 2007, they recorded their first CD - “Once Upon A Tree”, a cantata by Pepper Choplin. He is Chaplain of the Rockton Masonic Lodge and was a member of the inaugural Board of Governors, 32nd Masonic Learning Center for dyslexic children in Canton OH. From 1989 to 1994, he held the position of North Central District Governor, Kappa Kappa Psi National Band Honorary fraternity, and in 1995 was awarded the 1st Outstanding Sponsor Award presented by the national fraternity.