A versatile instrumentalist, bandleader, composer and arranger, conductor and music producer, Mike Crotty's music can be heard in a wide variety of forums. He plays trumpet, flugelhorn, saxophones, and woodwinds, and during his Air Force career, Mike often subbed on the Airmen of Note, playing all of the saxophone chairs and three trumpet chairs. Having performed with numerous icons like Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Diana Ross, Milton Berle, Bob Hope, and George Burns, Mike's genres cover Jazz, Swing, and Big Band music.
From 1972-1998, while serving as the composer and arranger for the U.S. Air Force's premiere 18-piece jazz band, the Airmen of Note, Mike Crotty became widely recognized as one of the top composer and arrangers in the Jazz field. He has arranged music for hundreds of albums and CDs as well as performances for such artists as Clark Terry, Billy Taylor, Mel Lewis, Dizzy Gillespie, Stanley Turrentine, Bunky Green, Ernie Watts, Randy Brecker, Ronnie Cuber, Claudio Roditi, Phil Wilson, Bob Berg, Jerry Bergonzi, Eric Alexander, Scott Wendholt, Sheila Jordan, and Diane Schuur.
Appearing as bandleader, instrumentalist, composer and arranger, Mike showcased his music for years with his 18-piece Sunday Morning Jazz Band, an ensemble applauded for its compelling innovation, musical superiority and artistic integrity. The Smithsonian Collection, "Big Band Renaissance: The Evolution of the Jazz Orchestra," includes Crotty's piece, "Noel." Dizzy Gillespie commissioned Mike to arrange the music for a special performance with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, which was later recorded as "The Symphony Sessions."