Mike Galisatus is the Director of Bands at the College of San Mateo. Mike has been the recipient of various teaching honors including the Peninsula Arts Council Arts Educator of the Year for 2007, the Otter Distributors 2004 Jazz Educator Award for the state of California, and the Gil Freitas Memorial Award for music education. He has been with SJW for several years and is currently one of the directors of our Giant Steps Big Bands during the school year. He is in demand as an adjudicator and guest conductor throughout California, and currently holds the office of Jazz Representative for the California Music Educator’s Association and the California Alliance for Jazz. As a freelance trumpeter in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mike has recorded with Pete Escovedo and Queen Ida, and has performed with a variety of artists, including Louis Bellson, Natalie Cole, Mary Wilson, Kenny Washington, Jamie Davis, Frankie Valli, Kenny Loggins, Gladys Knight, Johnny Mathis, Mel Torme, The Temptations, Michael Feinstein and a host of others.