Michael Oare (b. 1960) earned undergraduate degrees in Music Composition and Music Education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. A veteran music educator, Mr. Oare remains active as a composer, arranger, performer, conductor and adjudicator. He has written numerous arrangements and compositions, with a special interest in music for the young band. He maintains state and national professional memberships, is a member of ASCAP and Phi Beta Mu, and performs with the Virginia Wind Symphony. He is a recipient of the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence, and is a multiple-year honoree in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Mr. Oare resides in Chesapeake, Virginia, with his wife Chris and daughter Devin.