Mr. Fortunato is an established professional trumpeter and educator based in Thousand Oaks California. He teaches trumpet at California Lutheran University and also has a private teaching studio. Many of his pupils have gone on to pursue successful musical careers of their own.
Known as a crossover player, he is equally comfortable as a jazz soloist and playing in the section of a symphony orchestra. His performance career has taken him around the globe and across the United States, performing in venues such as Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, and Copley Music Hall with the San Diego Symphony. He can currently be heard with The Boyd Cannon Big Band, The Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, and 5-Star Theatricals.
He graduated in 2003 from the Jacob's School of Music at Indiana University. His prominent trumpet teachers include Marie Speziale, Charles Daval, Joey Tartell, Pat Harbison, Charley Davis and Bobby Shew. Mike plays on Bach Stradivarius trumpets and is a Bach Artist.
Ted Waggoner and Bach no. 7 bell mandrel at Bach factory in 2015
Performing alongside Dan Fornero