Michael Turner has spent the better part of his career involved in pageantry arts. It all began in high school band and then a marching member of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. Trained in ballet, jazz and modern dance, Michael was one of the early color guard pioneers to introduce dance and movement to the marching arena. While in Madison, he performed extensity with Kanopy Dance Theatre, PresenTense, Children’s Theatre of Madison, Madison Opera and Ballet Madison. With such a diversified background, Michael developed an artistically strong and original teaching style. For 18 years, Michael worked with the 2- time Word Champion Madison Scouts, serving as color guard choreographer and visual coordinator.
In the Bay Area, Michael served as dance master and choreographer for the 6 time World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. Performing with Mindance San Francisco and artists of the San Francisco Ballet, he still studies. coaches and choreographs. Michael conducts color guard training sessions and master dance classes throughout the United States, Canada, Middle East, Europe, Japan and Thailand.
Michael was the Operations Manager for San Francisco Chanticleer, the famous all male a capella vocal ensemble. Prior to Chanticleer, Michael was tour manager for the National tour of GREASE, starring Cindy Williams and Eddie Mekka. Michael was the General Manager for BDEntertainment, bringing pageantry arts into corporate America through trade shows, conventions and events and is currently a special event freelancer.
Michael has judged for Winter Guard International, Bands of America, Drum Corps International and continues freelance judging for marching bands, drum corps and color guard throughout the world.
Michael Turner has been a member of Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church since 2005.