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Michael Valeras

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 Mr. Valeras received a Master of Music in Guitar Performance from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Berklee College of Music. While living in the Boston area he spent 5 years under the tutelage of legendary music educator Charlie Banacos (Mike Stern, Wayne Krantz, Jeff Berlin) and coordinated the music program at Malden Catholic High School. In addition to teaching an extensive list of private students, Mr. Valeras also maintained an active performance schedule, which included sideman work for Larry Coryell, The Platters, The Coasters and a variety of general business groups. His original jazz/fusion project, The Mike Valeras Group, received rave reviews and performed all over New England.

Since relocating to Nashville Mr. Valeras has worked with some of the areas most respected jazz and fusion musicians including Keith Carlock, Michael Whittaker, Adam Nitti, and Kirk Covington as well as holding the guitar chair in Roy Vogt’s Urban Legend Band, The Bob Harsen Band and Joe Murphy’s MJT Project. In addition to his sideman work he continues to push the parameters of modern jazz with his own project The Mike Valeras Trio featuring the powerhouse rhythm section of Brian Allen and Wes Little. Many of Mr. Valeras’ former students have gone on to perform with some of the mostwell known names in music.