Michael DeFilippis (b. 1991) is an educator, composer, and arranger originally from Long Island, New York. Michael received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education with specialization in trumpet from LIU Post in Brookville, New York. During his time at LIU Post, Michael studied orchestration with renowned educational composer, Carl Strommen; instrumental conducting with Dr. James McRoy; and trumpet with Brad Siroky.
Michael began composing music for symphonic band and brass ensemble at an advanced level his sophomore year at Post, receiving his first commission the same year from the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Brass Ensemble. He was invited to visit the ensemble as a composer-in-residence in 2011. Michael was invited to visit the Candlewood Middle School 6th Grade Band in Dix Hills, NY as a composer-in-residence in 2012.
In the summer of 2012, he was commissioned by the LIU Post Wind Symphony to compose a piece of music to premiere on its international tour to Beijing and Xi'an, China. The piece, titled "Big Sky Country," received its world premiere at the John Philip Sousa Memorial Band Shell in Port Washington, NY on June 15, 2012, and received its international premiere at the People's Liberation Army Band Concert Hall in Beijing, China on June 27, 2012.
In addition to composition, Michael has taught band and jazz band for grades 5-12 and orchestra for grades 9-12. He currently maintains a private teaching studio for trumpet, piano, and clarinet.