Saxophonist Dr. Michael Antonelli has been performing throughout the Hudson Valley since 1978. He started his musical journey during high school as an original member of the Wethead band. While earning his bachelors degree at Berklee college of music in Boston he studied with jazz greats Joe Viola, Andy Maghee, Jimmy Mosher, and the legendary Woody Herman band saxophonist Frank Tiberi. In 1982 he returned to the Hudson Valley and continued to perform with several local artists over the years. He joined the wedding band Silk & Sounds where he honed his performing, arranging, and composing skills until the band's retirement in 2005. During this time he also earned his masters degree in music education and began a twenty year journey as a music educator at Valley Central Schools. In 2008, his original jazz song "Golden Opportunity" from his CD "Woody and Me" was voted runner up for jazz song of the year by the Independent Music Awards panel. In 2015 he finished his doctoral dissertation at Boston University titled "Joe Lovano and Us Five: A Study on the Development of a Unique Improvisational Voice from Within the Jazz Tradition" He continues to enjoy a long mentorship and friendship with acclaimed saxophonist Joe Lovano.