Mike Hackbert is the creative force behind Hackdaddy. His main influences are smooth jazz, Latin beats and progressive rock, with some baroque, classic and new age elements thrown in as well. Mike has been accused of never finding an added-note chord he didn't like, and is fond of complex rhythms and time signatures. In 2012 the first Hackdaddy CD “Reflections” was released, giving these creative projects a wider audience for listening and enjoyment.
Mike’s ability to play in a variety of styles has him frequently playing with a diverse set of groups and shows. As Hackdaddy, Mike collaborates with other musicians globally. Recently Hackdaddy activities have expanded in the Blues/R&B/Classic Rock areas, with Mike becoming a sought-after addition to Blues and Horn bands in NE IL/SE WI such as Cows In The Shade, Redeye Express, Marie Martens and others.
Mike has been an active musician since the early '70s, when he began playing brass instruments and settled on the trumpet as a primary instrument. Mike was involved with a number of bands and ensembles in high school and college; his composing and arranging skills were honed in college and are still in use today.
In the '80s and '90s Mike was based in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois and could be seen in a number of groups around the area. In addition, Mike worked as a soloist, in the theatre pits and in local recording studios. The main focus at that time was Champaign Brass, a brass quintet founded by Mike in 1986, that is still active today.
Mike also performs Classical music and Musical Theatre shows as Michael Hackbert. Please visit http://www.reverbnation.com/michaelhackberttrumpet for information about these activities.