Michael A. Poissant holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Performers Certificate from the Crane School of Music at S.U.N.Y. Potsdam and a Master of Music in Trombone Performance from Bowling Green State University. While at Bowling Green, he taught jazz history courses to undergraduate jazz studies majors and non-majors and held both the Graduate Trombone Assistantship and Graduate Jazz Assistantship. He also led two jazz combos and performed with the Graduate Brass Ensemble, Bowling Green Philharmonia, and Honors Trombone Quartet. Some of his trombone teachers have included Donald Schleicher (University of Michigan), Mark Hartman (Crane School of Music), Brett Zvacek (Crane School of Music), Paul Hunt (Bowling Green State University), Richard Myers (Buffalo Philharmonic), Donald Miller (Buffalo Philharmonic), and the late Milton Stevens (National Symphony Orchestra).
Since 1999, Poissant has been lead trombonist with Moodswings Big Band in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2008, he performed with Moodswings for more than 800 guests at the White House Congressional Ball hosted by President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. He also performed with Moodswings for the 2000 and 2004 Presidential Inaugural Galas and for Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich’s Inaugural Gala. In addition to Moodswings, Poissant has performed with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Basilica of the Assumption Brass, Lyric Band of Hanover, Baltimore Sinfonietta, Hank Levy Legacy Big Band, Whit Williams Big Band, Don Junker Big Band, and his own trombone quartet, The Touchstone Trombones.
Poissant teaches Jazz History for non-majors (MUSC 123) as an Adjunct Professor in the Music History and Literature Division at Towson University and is also a Baltimore County Instrumental Music Teacher. He holds K-12 Music Educator’s Certification with Administrator I and Administrator II Certificate Endorsements. In 2001, he presented the topic of his Masters document, “The Roles and Responsibilities of Brass Players in Jazz Big Bands,” at the Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington DC. In 2007, he designed and presented to Baltimore County Music Educators a comparative data study of music students that showed the effects of lesson pullout programs on standardized test scores. Poissant resides in Reisterstown, Md. with his wife, Sharon, who is also a Baltimore County Instrumental Music Teacher and five children.