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Michael Gilliland joined the faculty of Missouri Southern State University in 1999 as Adjunct Professor of Horn. Prior to that time he was a member of the United States Air Force Band Program from 1989 until 1998. Michael currently holds the position of Principal Horn with the Fort Smith Symphony in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He is also in demand as a freelance hornist, as well as a clinician covering the topics of Horn Pedagogy, breathing techniques, performance practice, and section performance. Missouri Southern State University is a small university in the southwest corner of Missouri where students get individual attention. Prior to leaving this position, due to philosophical differences, Michael's job was to train students to become Horn performers. For those that might not recognize the name "Horn" you may recognize it as French Horn. Michael and his students spent time together so that they may develop their skills and performing abilities on the horn. It was a rewarding experience to work with the young people as you try to help them quench their thirst for performing. Although, some need a little help becoming thirsty. Currently, Michael is Principal Horn of the Ft. Smith Symphony in Arkansas. Now in its 80th season, the Fort Smith Symphony is the oldest orchestra in the state of Arkansas. Prior to Michael's current positions he spent nearly 10 Years as a member of the United States Air Force Band Program. While a member of the USAF Bands, total nearly 87. Outside of the Air Force Michael performed with the Springfield (MO) Symphony, Springfield (MO) Regional Opera, St. Louis Philharmonic, North Arkansas Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, The Moody Blues, and Mannheim Steamroller. He has also been a performer at several regional and international workshops of the International Horn Society, and can be heard performing on 20 compact discs of both military and civilian performing groups.