Michael Vosbein is originally from New Orleans, but his family moved to Miami when he was 8 years old. When he was in high school they moved again, this time to the Atlanta area. Michael was active in his high school band program, gaining valuable experience in marching, concert, and jazz bands. After graduating in 1973, Michael Vosbein went to the University of North Texas, noted for its jazz education program, and in 1975 he attended the University of Miami, another notable music school.
Michael Vosbein's professional career began during his senior year in high school when he was hired to work in a band at Six Flags Over Georgia. Later he began doing club dates in the hotels along Miami Beach. Eventually he went on the road with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, traveling in a bus doing one-nighters across America and Canada. Michael Vosbein moved to Los Angeles in 1981 and began freelancing. There he gained experience in a wide variety of live and studio settings and was fortunate to work with some well-known West Coast musicians.
While living in LA he studied with some wonderful drummers including Joe Porcaro, father of rock and studio drummer Jeff Porcaro, Roy Burns, founder of Aquarian Drumheads, and funk pioneer David Garibaldi from Tower of Power. His real mentor, however, is the great jazz drummer Jeff Hamilton. Michael Vosbein spent many years studying and hanging with him and he still kills me every time he hear him play.
He left L.A. in 1989 to serve as an artist in residence in the jazz studies program at Saint Francis Xavier University's school of music in Nova Scotia, Canada. After completing the term, he decided to move to Atlanta, settling there in 1990.
Michael Vosbein was offered a position as the house drummer for the Ritz Carlton Hotel playing with ensembles ranging from jazz trios to big bands, and it turned into a nine-year stay. he played the popular Ritz Carlton Big Band Christmas concerts at Spivey Hall for many years. He was part of several July 4th concerts from Lenox Square aired on local TV featuring a 90-piece orchestra and chorus with a live audience of 250,000 people.
In 2000, Michael Vosbein left the gig at the Ritz to freelance and teach. Since then he has been involved in several theatrical productions at the Canton Theatre, Libby's Cabaret, and the award winning Alliance Theater revival of Jelly's Last Jam. He still love big bands and has worked with Larry Elgart, The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, the Atlanta Pops Orchestra, and the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Michael Vosbein also played a concert recreating the Miles Davis Birth of the Cool album featuring trumpeter Marvin Stamm at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Presently he enjoys working with a lot of different artists in a variety of settings.
Michael Vosbein's most recent career move was to buy the North American distribution company for Bosphorus Cymbals with a team including Bill Norman and Jeff Hamilton. He is now serving as president and handling the day-to-day operations of the company. He don't have time to teach any more but he still gigs a lot.