mike boschen

Mike Boschen

Mike Boschen trombone practice

Mike Boschen


Mike Boschen began playing the trombone in fourth grade because his arms were long enough to reach all the positions. While studying with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra in high school he decided to pursue a career as a musician, and subsequently attended the Eastman and Juilliard schools of music, meeting many lifelong friends and mentors along the way.


Mike loves all styles of music, and spent the next 12 years living in Manhattan and freelancing, performing and recording lots of great music for good, decent, or sometimes no money with myriad groups, including but not limited to the Metropolitan Opera, the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Birdland Big Band, Audra MacDonald, Wayne Shorter, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Steve Tyrell, Orchestra of St. Luke's, the O'Jays, the Extension Ensemble, the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Jesus H. Christ and the Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse, and the Ed Palermo Big Band. Mike also played bunches of Broadway shows, commercial jingles, and movie scores, and even got paid to pretend to play his trombone in the movie Mona Lisa Smile and a goofy eBay commercial.


In 2009 Mike left New York and travelled with his wife through all 50 states to interview 50 couples married for 50 years or more with the intention of sharing what they could learn about healthy long term relationships in a book, which will be finished someday. They then lived in the charming town of Cape May, NJ for several years where they grew their family and started a homemade organic ice cream shop. Mike also spent many hours honing his golf game and floating in the ocean.


While in Cape May Mike played loads of jazz with his great friend George Mesterhazy and performed regularly with the Baltimore Symphony and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. When offered the opportunity to join the orchestra of the Broadway musical Matilda, Mike and his family returned to New York in 2013.


Since his return to his music family in New York, Mike has performed and/or recorded with the New York City Ballet Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, the New York Philharmonic, the New York Pops, the John Daversa Big Band, Jesse Harris, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, David Yazbek, Gabe Kahane, the Little Orchestra Society, the Birdland Big Band, the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Radio City Spectacular, the Ed Palermo Big Band, and many groups you've never heard of but are wonderfully creative.


Mike has been lucky to have had many wonderful musical teachers and mentors throughout his life, and has been working with students as a teacher, coach, and clinician for the last 20 years. He’s been a faculty member of Sarah Lawrence College, The Juilliard School’s Pre College, the Bar Harbor Brass Week, and currently is on the music faculty of Montclair State University’s John J. Cali School of Music in New Jersey. 


Mike is completely in love with his wife, his three daughters, and his son, and is enjoying finding his balance in his golf swing again.