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May 29, 2013
Michael and I met when he had just graduated Edison HS. We had so much fun, we were so young. I missed him when we parted and followed his career, I even saw an CSO concert once whilst on a business trip to the Queen City. I still miss him. I wish I had known of his passing sooner. Rest in Peace Michael.
June 10, 2012
I was sorry to see this. Mike showed me what was possible with the tuba. I played next to Mike in the 1969 All-Virginia High School Band. He was a formidable talent and an inspiring advocate for music. He will be missed.
February 05, 2012
As a former student at MU, Michael made me accountable for my actions. He wanted no less than to make me a better person, not just a better musician. He did on both accounts. Although my time with Mike was short it is invaluable compared to not being influenced by this great teacher. Thank you Michael.
January 29, 2012
Mike was and is a good friend, teacher and performer. All our lives are better for his presents in them. He shurely now walks in the perpetual light of the Lord's comfort and his music will endure with his students and his many wonderful performances.
January 29, 2012
I began studying with Mike after the passing of Dr. Fred J. Marzan, my first mentor. We shared many musical moments, and great times as friends. My brother, you will never be forgotten. Once, always, Long Live! Music Hall in Cincinnati will always be "Mike's house." I am so honored to have walked on the shoulder of the tuba worlds greatest giant.
January 29, 2012
Mike's passing has been tough to accept. I was a tuba student of Mr. Thornton's at Miami University from 1998 until 2002, and he was also close personal friend to me while I lived in Cincinnati. I remember the intimate knowledge that he possessed about every orchestral excerpt. He not only knew how the tuba part fit in with the brass section, but he could sing the violin or cello parts from the symphony as well! He made that Alexander CC sing! I recall on several lessons, his high range was phenomenal and incredibly loud, and would literally make my skull vibrate. Mike always had a huge heart and a great sense of humor. He and his late wife welcomed me warmly into their family. He was not only a great teacher of tuba, but a good listener and was always supportive. Mike has left a fantastic legacy to all of his students, and I am sure we will pass his teachings on to our students for generations to come. It has been an immense honor to have known and studied under Mr. Thornton, and I will miss him.
October 22, 2011
I'm so saddened to learn of Mike's passing. We shared many wonderful musical experiences together with the CSO. He was one of the most talented and adventurous musicians I've known, always ready to try something new and a great advocate for his instrument.
October 02, 2011
I knew Mike at Reston Music camp in 1967. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. Even though it was many years ago, I remember him very well, not only hearing him play in a brass quintet, but also his warm personality. I can still hear his greeting, "Hey Sandy!" My condolences to his family.
October 01, 2011
I am saddened to learn of Mike's passing.He was so generous and caring in our friendship. Mike and Sue opened their home and family to me during my years in Cincinnati, as if I were family.Mike always put others ahead of himself, and gave all of his time and energy to Matthew and Jeremy.
This is just such sad news-I wish his family well.

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Reston Music Camp, Reston Virginia 1967 Reston Music Camp 1967

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