Setnor School of Music
Instructor, Applied Music and Performance (Jazz Saxophone)
Hailing from Syracuse, Mike Dubaniewicz graduated from the University of North Texas with a bachelor of music education degree. Following that, he moved to New York City to attend the Manhattan School of Music (MSM) and pursue a freelance music career. While at the Manhattan School he played lead alto in the Jazz Orchestra, performing with such jazz legends as Jon Hendrix, Sir Roland Hanna, Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, and Frank Foster. Dubaniewicz received a master of music degree in jazz and commercial music from MSM in 1997. In 2009 he was awarded the doctor of musical arts degree from the Eastman School of Music.
From 1998‐2003, Dubaniewicz toured the world with trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson's Big Bop Nouveau Band, serving as a featured soloist and music director (2002‐03). In the summer of 2006 he was asked back by Ferguson to join him on a tour that culminated at the famed Blue Note jazz club in New York City. Shortly thereafter Dubaniewicz joined Maynard in studio and recorded what would be the trumpet legend's final studio recording, The One and Only Maynard Ferguson.
Dubaniewicz has performed in more than 20 countries, including Thailand, Germany, Azerbaijan, Israel, Australia, Russia, and Sweden. In addition, he has shared the stage with Aretha Franklin, Phil Woods, Frankie Valli, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Slide Hampton, Rufus Reid, and the Temptations. He has also recorded with Phil Ramone, Michael Feinstein, Bobby Shew, Wayne Bergeron, and Dianne Schuur.
Ferguson described Dubaniewicz as a “creative and engaging jazz soloist, whose playing is first rate.” Noted author and Jazz Times contributing columnist Ira Gitler calls Dubaniewicz’s saxophone playing "exploratory.” Furthermore, Scott Yannow, author of ten jazz books, describes him as “a swinging alto saxophonist with a beautiful tone.”
Dubaniewicz’s saxophone teachers have included Jerry Santy, Dick Oatts, Ramon Ricker, Walt Weiskopf, Ralph Lalama, and Steve Slagle. Dubaniewicz’s arrangements and compositions have been performed by Ferguson, jazz pianist Billy Childs, and the Eastman School of Music Jazz Ensemble. His product endorsements include Cannonball Saxophones, AMT Microphones, and Bari Mouthpieces.
In 2009 Dubaniewicz released his first CD as a leader, Drive Time (Jazzed Media). In March 2009, the CD entered the national charts by breaking into the top 40 on JazzWeek.com.