Dr. Michael Hackett – Trumpet. Michael Hackett is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he earned the BM and MM in Jazz studies as well as a DM in Brass Pedagogy. He has toured, performed or recorded with a wide variety of jazz and pop artists including Natalie Cole, Perry Como, Frank Sinatra Jr., Ben Vereen, Aretha Franklin, Wayne Newton, Larry Willis, Sir Roland Hanna, Larry Coryell, Keeter Betts, Steve Novosel, Ron Holloway, and Vincent Herring.
He has performed with many well-known orchestras such as the The Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra, The Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestra, The Toshiko Akioshi Jazz Orchestra, and Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, as well as with pop groups such as Frankie Valli, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The O'Jay's, Bobby Caldwell, and LaBamba and the Big Band.
As a recording artist Mr. Hackett can be found on numerous recordings, including Circles, his first recording as leader (Summit Records, 2005). Mr. Hackett's playing has also been featured in numerous television and radio commercials as well as in the Hollywood Blockbuster The Aviator as a member of Vince Giordano's Nighthawks.