Distinguished Alumnus 2000
Dr. Michael W. Cox
Dr. Michael Cox of Blacklick, Ohio, was born in Denison, Texas, graduated from Eisenhower High School in Lawton and received a bachelor of arts in music from Cameron in 1983. He has a master of music in performance from Wichita State University and a doctor of arts in saxophone performance and pedagogy from the Univ. of Northern Colorado.
He is a professional musician and educator and has taught at Capital University Conservatory of Music in Columbus, Ohio, for the past ten years where he is a tenured associate professor teaching saxophone, improvisation, chamber music and jazz styles. For the past two decades Dr. Cox has averaged 150-200 appearances per year as working musician, performer and clinician, including an invitation to showcase his trio at the International Association of Jazz Educators year 2000 conference in New Orleans. He performs and records with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Columbus Symphony, the Lancaster Festival Orchestra, and has appeared with nationally touring groups such as Don Henley, the Manhattan Transfer and the Count Basie Orchestra. In 1996, he was declared the Open Division Winner of the first annual Evansville International Jazz Saxophone competition. He has made numerous recordings as a sideman and debuted his first CD as a leader with the New York jazz recording Abstractions, Dedications and Red Dirton the CoJazz label.
Although his performing, teaching and studies have enabled him to travel throughout the United States and to other countries, he hasn't forgotten to return to his roots. He has returned to guest solo at three Cameron University Jazz Festivals, most recently as a head liner at the 2000 festival and to assist with clinical sessions for north Texas and SW Oklahoma high school students. His wife, Rosemary Holman Cox, is also a 1983 graduate.