Michael Chance is the Associate Conductor of the LR Winds, a position he has held since 2010, and has been the principal trombonist since 2006.
As a trombonist, his performance experiences have included posts with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, San Angelo Symphony Orchestra, Red River Lyric Opera Orchestra, and the San Angelo Community Band. He has also performed on occasion with the Midland-Odessa Symphony Orchestra, Big Spring Symphony Orchestra, and the South-Ark Symphony Orchestra. He was principle trombonist for twelve seasons with the Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra.
Chance’s former students are active as music teachers for bands and orchestras from beginner through university levels in Arkansas, Texas, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, and Florida. In addition, alumni of his undergraduate low brass studio currently perform in the US Navy Band, Pershing’s Own US Army Band in Washington D.C., principle trombonist-Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Little Rock Wind Symphony, and a wide variety of community ensembles.
He has been a frequent guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician for bands and orchestras in Arkansas, Tennessee, and Texas. He currently is a board member of the Searcy Community School of Music and the Little Rock Wind Symphony. Professional affiliations include the Arkansas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, the College Band Directors National Association, Phi Beta Mu. He is a past president of the Arkansas Chapter of the College Band Directors National Association.
Chance holds the Bachelor of Arts degree in music with secondary teacher certification from Lubbock Christian University, the Master of Music degree in trombone performance from Midwestern State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Memphis.