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1956 Born, San Diego California to a man who flies off of and lands jet fighters on ships for a living, and plays Kingston Trio songs on guitar for fun; (when home)
1956-1974 moves frequently to Navy base towns (usually after making good friends)
1966 first guitar (must become a Beatle, WORKS HARD!)
1971 first rock band-Pegasus, Pensacola, FL
1972 first paying gig.......Navy bar (what a surprise)
1974 graduates Jupiter High School (FL) learns a 17th Century lute song (from tablature in Guitar Player magazine)
1975 begins classical guitar studies at Florida State University (really just to hang with high school girl friend who insists on going to college or saying adios)
1978 wins 1st Prize Music Teachers National Association International Competition (sells Gibson SG, Peavy PA, to pay to study with Oscar Ghiglia at Aspen Music Fest., oh oh...this is getting serious)
1978 wins guitar division prize of American String Teachers Association International Competition
1978 finalist at Guitar 78 Toronto International Competition
1980-82 plays gazillion gigs as Artist in Residence for North Carolina Arts Council
1982 wins 1st Prize in the Guitar Foundation of America International Competition, falls in love with Colorado and moves there to become unemployed guitarist and virtuoso skier
1983 becomes guitar teacher Metropolitan State College, Denver
1985 runs Mile High Marathon, Denver
1985 becomes guitar professor, University of New Mexico, works on español, learns to love chile verde
1986 Studies with Segovia at USC in Los Angeles
1990 wins Silver Medal, Concurso Internacional Alirio Diaz, Caracas, Venezuela
1992 wins second National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Fellowship
1992 Sonata Romantica CD, Newport Classics is released
1994 Romantic Guitar and Guitar by Moonlight CDs are released by Time-Life Music
1994 while making Romantic Guitar and Guitar by Moonlight CDs, Michael says "why the #@$%!& am I playing only other peoples music" and begins composing
1995 shaves head looks like creep
1998 plays in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall with fellow Masters of the Acoustic Guitar, Ricardo Cobo and Ray Williams
1998 finishes and releases Land of Enchantment CD , 10 original songs about New Mexico, starts tweaking and re-recording, pleeeeeeaaaaaasssse just release it Miguel!!!!! it's done!!!!!!!!! REALLY>JUST RELEASE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!
1998 shaves head again. looks like creep again, promises to not do it again...."really, I mean it this time"
1998 wins First Prize in the National Fingerpicking Championship, at the Walnut Valley Festival, Winfield, Kansas
1999 plays on Murial Anderson's All Star Guitar Night at the NAMM show in LA. BIG SOUND SYSTEM, BIG FUN. Swears off playing un-amplified and begins the quest for the perfect pick-up system
February 1999 Cactus Cafe, Austin, plays first club date since high school with people drinking, smiling, holding hands, having fun and clapping whenever they want and having a real good time. "Yo Toto, I think were not in Kansas anymore"
(Do we see a pattern here yet? I don't see him in tuxedo anymore, do you Marge?) not
February 1999 plays first improvised tunes in public since 1974, after sudden invitation from Murial Anderson to jam with her on stage at the end of her concert in Albuquerque
February 1999 gives first performance with a steel string guitar on the Taylor Showcase at the National Folk Alliance Conference
March 1999 learns that Romantic Guitar and Guitar by Moonlight are now being sold in Walgreens drug stores.............."Sweet"
March 1999 writes a truck driver song. (Obviously has worked through some things.) This is getting good. What next? Singing? A band?