Mike Cavanagh is from Stockport and began playing the baritone horn aged 8. Growing up in Stockport Schools’ Brass Band, he then went on to join the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain (NYBBGB) where he held the Principal Baritone seat for five years. Whilst at the NYBBGB, Mike performed as part of the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall live on BBC Radio 3 and was a recipient of the coveted Maude Wright award; the Harold and Bernard Tovey award for excellence; the Harry Mortimer Concerto Soloist award and the Katie Ogden soloist prize. In January 2014 he accepted the position of Solo Baritone with the world famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band and after a short period with Brighouse and Rastrick Band, Michael Band joined Black Dyke Band in 2020 replacing Katrina Marzella and earning a reception as a first rate soloist and band player.
In June 2016 Mike graduated with First Class Honours from the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) under the tutorship of Dr. David Thornton and Steven Mead. Whilst at the RNCM he was a co-founder of the multi award-winning A4 Brass Quartet and developed into a distinguished chamber musician. With A4 Brass Mike has won the internationally-recognised Royal Over-Seas League Chamber Music competition (2018); the Royal Philharmonic Society Henderson Chamber Music prize (2018); a Tunnell Trust Award (2017); the Tillett Trust Young Artists’ Platform (2017) and selection as 2018 City Music Foundation Artists. Performance highlights with A4 Brass include appearances at Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Cadogan Hall in addition to concerts in Lithuania, Finland, Switzerland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. In June 2018 A4 Brass completed the prestigious RNCM International Artist Diploma in Chamber Music as John Fewkes Scholars and were subsequently invited to become Honorary Associate Artists of the RNCM in recognition of the quartet’s success in the music profession.