Testimonials

“Mike Pilley is my first choice when looking to have an arrangement made for brass band, especially in the commercial genre. His versions of Brassmens Holiday, Close to You, and A Little Help From My Friends are testament to his skill. He has the ability and knowledge to use the brass band voice in a way that gives new life to classic favourites from popular culture”

Ian Porthouse, Tredegar Town Band MD

“Helbling Publishing has been working with Michael Pilley for over two years now. We always like to draw on his music notation skills in choral music matters because Michael works very conscientiously and always delivers meticulous, well-crafted results. This excellent cooperation has allowed us to publish many beautiful single editions (sacred, secular, a cappella or with instrumental accompaniment) in our various choral series in a short space of time.”

Carmen Muehlmann, Editorial Assistant for Helbling Choral

“It’s always a pleasure to work with Mike. He’s arranged several charts for me that I have used on tour and working on cruise ships. He does excellent work and it’s very easy to follow his charts. When I perform on cruise ships we have about an hour and a half to rehearse for the show that evening. All of the musicians get the music that day and read everything on the spot and I’ve gotten a ton of compliments from musicians on how well written the charts are. If I have any questions about anything or if I want to change something Mike always responds right away and makes sure everything is exactly how I want it. I highly recommend using him for any orchestrations needed!!”

Jenene Caramielo, Professional Singer

“Michael has played for our band on numerous occasions.  He is exactly what we needed each time:  utterly professional, completely on it musically (in fact also volunteered to help with charts etc) – but also very easy-going, sociable, great sense of humour – and just a thoroughly nice guy!  A pleasure to be with – on stage and off!”

Lance Gerrard-Wright, Leader of the High & Mighty Band

“We have had the pleasure of Mike conducting us on several occasions and can highly recommend him. Professional and courteous, Mike puts players at ease whilst encouraging their best performances.  Rehearsals are purposeful, inspiring and above all very enjoyable.  Any musical group will not fail to improve their performance under Mike’s direction and we very much look forward to working with him again in the future.”

Janet Smither, Merton Concert Band

“When Michael guested at our Jazz Jam in Bristol I was first struck by his rich tone and precise intonation, he continued to impress me with his wide repertoire and inventive improvisation. I would not hesitate to book him or recommend him to anyone looking for a trombonist.”

Adam Stokes, Guitarist

MP4 at Panteg House were bloody brilliant.Great arrangements and top tunes by Michael Pilley Mark Sambell Steven Tarner and Simon Blake on kit….GREAT NIGHT.

Posted by Steve Doolan on Friday, 15 November 2013

a very nice evening at Torfaen Jazz, with the Mike Pilley Four. A nicely worked set with good arrangements. Mike is back in January with three more trombonists……. and the same rhythm section. Should be fun.

Posted by Torfaen Jazz on Friday, 15 November 2013

SUPERBONE led by Michael Pilley. Funky, swinginging, smooth ballads, lovely arrangements, excellent (and different)…

Posted by Torfaen Jazz on Friday, 17 January 2014