Michael Standard is a percussionist and composer of instrumental and vocal music for the concert stage and digital media. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with an undergraduate degree at Georgia State University, studying composition with Robert Scott Thompson. Michael's composition "New Number" was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Inaugural GSU Wind Band Composition Competition. He was awarded a grant from Art on the Beltline to perform a concert based on birdsongs heard around the City of Atlanta. Michael has studied percussion with Stuart Gerber and Charles Settle. In the Summer of 2015, Michael traveled to Schladming, Austria to perform as a part of the World Youth Wind Orchestra Project (WYWOP), the flagship ensemble of the MidEurope wind music festival.  He currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and teaches Music Theory and Composition for the inaugural Atlanta Music Project Summer Series. Michael also teaches percussion at the Atlanta International School and composition at Charles R. Drew Charter School.