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Michael Szmania

(Jan, 2006) - My name is Michael Szmania I am 53 years old. I am happily married for 26 years to my terrific and patient wife Marcia and I have two great sons, Chris and Jon. My wife Marcia plays the piano, Chris is learning the Mandolin, and Jon plays the guitar. I live near Buffalo, New York. I was taught the piano on our Wurlitzer counsel, then I had a Fender Rhodes in my band. My wife had a Wurlitzer piano when we were married. My first Yamaha was a PSR 520, loved it. After getting a PSR 2100, I gave my sister the 520 for Christmas, she also plays. My dad started it all. He was and still is a great musician from the 1930's till today.He plays the guitar, mandolin, banjo, accordion and piano. There is a lot of music in my family.

Musical Background -- I was 7 years old when a new piano was delivered to my house. 17 years later, I was still taking lessons and was accepted at Berklee Collage of Music. However, I was an Electrician apprentice with a steady paycheck and I had to finish my 4-year apprentiship. My dad was also an electrician and I still lived at home so I could not quit. The first 6 years of lessons were a little tough, but I had a great teacher, Jack Fisher (big band leader in the 30's and 40's, my dad's friend). After he taught me all he could, I auditioned for a James Manuel, a fantastic jazz musician who could reach an octave and a half with one hand. He believed in technique. Great, just what I wanted -- 5 years of scales arpeggios and the Hammond Virtuoso book. I could crush a coconut with my hands after all that work.

When James Manuel went back on the road and could not teach and so I started studies under John Gibson at the Buffalo School of Music. It was great for six years. Jazz, Blues, Ballads, Piano solos, playing at your teachers house, barbeques on Saturday during the summer playing outside for all the neighborhood with your teacher. A little wine to loosen up playing for the street, this is what music is all about. Other guys would come over with their guitars and horns what a rush. I'm hoping to give you a little taste with my songs of what it was like back then. I hope you enjoy my music!

MP3 Songs

MIDI Songs

You can download all of Mike's MIDI songs here: MZ-21.zip.

Title T TS L C Style V K
All Of Me 131 4/4 N Y Swing1 02 21
Beautiful Friendship, A 78 4/4 N Y 02 21
Believe 80 4/4 N Y 03 21
Build Me Up Buttercup 128 4/4 N N BubblegumPop 05 21
Christmas Time Is Here 78 3/4 N N 03 21
Classical Gas 146 4/4 N Y TechnoPolis 05 21
Diamonds Are Forever 80 4/4 N Y SecretService 05 21
Easy Come Easy Go 133 4/4 N N CountryPop2 05 21
Ebb Tide 75 4/4 N Y 04 21
Fly Me To The Moon 140 4/4 N Y 04 21
Frosty The Snowman 140 4/4 N Y 03 21
Georgia On My Mind 73 4/4 N N 01 21
Gibsons Tune 148 4/4 N N HeartBeat 02 21
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 93 4/4 N Y 03 21
Here Comes Santa Claus 150 4/4 N Y CountryShuffle 03 21
Home For The Holidays 117 4/4 N Y 03 21
I'd Do Anything 70 4/4 N N 04 21
I Left My Heart In San Francisco 90 4/4 N Y Slow&Easy 04 21
I'm Gonna Sit Write Down And Write Myself A Letter 180 4/4 N Y BigBandFast1 01 21
I Wanna Be Around 95 4/4 N Y BigBandBallad 01 21
Kansas City 110 4/4 N Y 04 21
Laura 77 4/4 N Y 04 21
Little Boy Lost 85 4/4 N Y 8BeatAdria 05 21
Mary Had A Jazzy Little Lamb 154 4/4 N Y Swing1 01 21
Merry Christmas Darling 80 4/4 N Y 8BeatModern 03 21
Midnight In Moscow 126 4/4 N Y PopBossa1 04 21
Mister Santa 181 4/4 N Y BigBandFast1 03 21
Misty 148 4/4 N N HeartBeat 01 21
Misty 86 4/4 N Y BigBandBallad 02 21
Night And Day 82 4/4 N N BigBandBallad 02 21
Recado 140 4/4 N Y BossaNova1 01 21
Reflections Of My Life 92 4/4 N Y 8BeatModern 05 21
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town 135 4/4 N Y 03 21
Somewhere Over The Rainbow 62 4/4 N N 6-8Orchestral 01 21
Stormy Weather 82 4/4 N Y MoonlightBallad 01 21
Stranger1 116 4/4 N N 8BeatRock 02 21
Stranger2 140 4/4 N Y 8BeatRock 02 21
Stranger On The Shore 90 4/4 N Y 02 21
Sunny 117 4/4 N Y 02 21
Tenderly 65 4/4 N N 01 21
Tonight 100 4/4 N Y 04 21
Toy's In The Attic 82 4/4 N N Slow&Easy 05 21
Truckin 120 4/4 N N Quickstep 01 21
Under Paris Skies 108 3/4 N Y 04 21
What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life 148 4/4 N N HeartBeat 05 21
What Kind Of Fool Am I 135 4/4 N Y Swing1 02 21
Where Are You Now 135 4/4 N N HeartBeat 05 21
White Christmas 114 4/4 N Y SantasSwing 03 21
Windmills Of Your Mind 135 4/4 N Y HeartBeat 05 21
Yesterday 125 4/4 N Y 04 21