Boston-based trombonist Michael Prentky takes pride in his great musicality, professionalism, reliability, and cordiality. He attended New England Conservatory for his Bachelor's degree in Jazz Performance on trombone while completing their Music-In-Education program and a Master’s Degree in Performance there. He has been a freelance trombonist and educator in Boston for 10 years.
Michael most actively performs with and manages Mozambican funk band Kina Zoré, but also plays with the Seajun Kwon Walking Cliché Sextet, Balkan-influenced Sarma Brass Band, musical pit orchestras, jazz groups, wedding bands, and appears on many albums as a studio musician.
Michael has taught people from ages 5 to 85, in private lessons and group classes. He teaches trumpet, trombone, tuba, euphonium, general music, improvisation, music theory, composition, and arranging. In lessons, students build a strong foundation in instrumental technique and apply that to learning music that is most exciting to them.
2020 - MFA Jazz Performance, New England Conservatory
2014 - BFA Jazz Performance, Music-In-Education Concentration, New England Conservatory
Grants & Certifications
2019 - U.S. Artists International Touring Grant (w/ Kina Zoré)
2016 - Assets for Artists Grant; Mass MoCa
2016 - Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure - Music
Brimmer and May School - Private Brass Instructor (2016 - present ) - Teaching trumpet, trombone and euphonium lessons to elementary school students.
Public Schools of Brookline - Private Brass Instructor (2016 - present ) - Teaching trumpet and trombone to elementary and middle school students.
North End Music Performing Arts Center - Private Brass Instructor (2016 - present ) - Teaching private brass lessons.
Boch Center: Target Arts - Teaching Artist (2016 - 2018 ) - Teaching literacy to 2nd & 3rd graders through collaborative arts integration education.
Horizons Summer Camp, Brass Teacher (2018); teach two classes of underserved 3rd graders trumpet and trombone every day for 4 weeks resulting in a performance.
UMass Boston - Urban Scholars Music Teacher (2017) - Six-week summer program teaching general music concepts of rhythm and music theory in addition to instrument building to High School kids resulting in performance.
ZUMIX - Substitute Teacher (2015 - present) - Teach private trombone, and trumpet lessons. Coach the Latin Music Ensemble.
NEC Music Launch - Co-Lead Teacher, Supervisor (2014 - 2017) - Conducting general music classes, advise NEC interns.
Kina Zoré, trombonist/manager (2012 - present)
Performance for President of Mozambique Filipe Nyusi (2019)
Performances at: Beantown Jazz Festival, Regattabar, Middle East Downstairs, Outside the Box Festival, the Lawn on D Street, Club Passim, the Berklee Performance Center (Boston); Old Town School of Folk Music (Chicago, IL); Club Balattou (Montreal, QC); Musideum (Toronto, ON); International Festival of Arts and Ideas (New Haven, CT)
Sarma Brass Band, band member (2017 - present)
Performances at: CrashFest - House of Blues (Boston, MA), Zlatne Uste Golden Fest (Brooklyn, NYC)
Lilla, band member (2012 - 2017)
Performances at: Outside the Box Festival, Royale, House of Blues (Boston, MA)