Born in Lexington, Kentucky: Michael Cruse is a soulful musician taking audiences by storm. As a kid, Michael was surrounded by music as he grew up in Church where most of the musicians were family. At a young age, Master Musician Charles Quillings took Michael under his wing where he became infatuated with the sound of the Trumpet and discovered a strong love for music. Michael at a young age also began working with Charles F. Little Jr. on the piano as well. Michael attended The University of Cincinnati – College-Conservatory of Music on scholarship for Jazz Trumpet Performance. Michael is consistently performing in several regions with his group The Michael Cruse Quintet, The Clifton Collective other bands such as The Company Band, Hot Magnolias, and various other small groups. As well as recently joining the cast of the movie “Miles Ahead” as N.Y.C. based trumpeter-Ernie Royal, starring Don Cheadle as Miles Davis(r. April 2016). Michael’s soulful sound on trumpet is one that you will not forget as well as his beautifully composed works as well.