MICHAEL SMARR has been a Kansas City based guitarist since the mid-eighties, who over the years has performed in numerous venues in varying styles. He has performed at numerous local venues including Harrah's Casino, Ameristar Casino, Starlight Theater, Worlds of Fun, Kansas City Jazz Festival, and the 18th & Vine Jazz Festival. Michael has accompanied national acts such as the Drifters, Coasters, Don Rickles, Julie Budd, and Patty Page.He is comfortable playing jazz, rock, country, classical and show music. He has performed on T.V. and radio and done extensive contract work in the Kansas City Area.
Michael holds a BS in Music Education from the University of Missouri Columbia where he coordinated the UMCSA guitar program, as well as taught classical guitar. He is a retired music educator who spent 25 years in the Hickman Mills School District. Michael is a member of the American Federation of Musicians and has had transcriptions published in the Missouri Songbook.
He is currently guitarist for Rex Hobart and the Honky Tonk Standards, Pat Blyth ,The FMO Big Band, and has his own Jazz Guitar Trio.